It is important to remind ourselves of all the blessings in our lives during this thankful time or Thanksgiving holiday. Appreciation and gratefulness for the things in our life, whether person, place or even an idea, can expand our awareness and acceptance skills, enhancing our ability to live in a mindful mental state. With gratitude, we acknowledge what gives us meaning and purpose or that spark of joy. Celebrate your fortunes, appreciate your qualities, acknowledge your commitment. All will boost your confidence and ability to see life from a non-judgmental perspective.
Guided Gratitude Practice –
Find a relaxed and comfortable space and body position. Close your eyes and follow the prompts creating visual images using your mind and feelings using your emotional experience of gratitude.
First, think of the people in your life you are grateful for. It could be family, friends, teachers and peers. People who are in your life now, people who used to be in your life, or even people you hope to meet. Visualize what they look like and how they support you, guide you and give you strength. Take a deep breath in, and on your exhale imagine saying thank you or sending gratitude and compassion to those people.
Next, think of a place you are grateful for. This could be your home, a forest, the beach. Wherever you feel safe and can appreciate what is around you. Visualize the colors and shapes you may see here, imagine the smells and sounds that you find in your grateful space. Think about what it is about this place that you feel grateful for. Take a deep breath in, and on your exhale imagine saying thank you or sending gratitude and compassion to that place.
Lastly, think of yourself. Think of all your qualities and attributes that make you, you. Visualize yourself doing actions you are proud of, appreciate your skills and characteristics that give you joy. Maybe you are grateful you are kind, hardworking, strong, or friendly. Experience gratitude for how your body works to keep you healthy and breathing strong, how your mind learns new topics and skills and holds memories or wishes, and how your emotions make you feel. Take a deep breath in, and on your exhale imagine saying thank you or sending gratitude and compassion to yourself.
Open your eyes and slowly take a moment to reflect on what you may have discovered during your contemplation.