HAPPY GRATITUDE MONTH!!!
We have arrived at week 1 of Thanksgiving Gratitude Prompts for 2018! I’m really looking forward to doing this with you!
As I embark on an extra busy time of year with homeschool activities, extra family festivities, the start of the holiday season, gearing up through the end of this year and the start of next year in my work — and more, I’ve already experienced what I call pangs of panic. This is when I feel these sudden electric shock-like sensations right in my solar plexus, from my diaphragm up and out through my chest and then radiating into my arms. Sometimes I can breathe them away and get calm quickly, other times they dissipate a bit but then become a shuddery shakiness throughout my system. Most times I have to just allow them to be part of my presence — resistance to these does not work. “That which we resist, persists!” These pangs come on when my mind is really busy and wandering away from the present moment and suddenly there’s a massive fear thought that comes through. The next thing I know, BAM! Reactive shock and panic in my body.
One thing I know for sure is my body is amazing. So is yours! All bodies are! My body trying to send a message signaling caution is a miraculous bit of nature. The fact that I’m panicking over things like whether or not I’ve remembered all the little details for what’s supposed to be a fun event is a fascinating bit of ego monkey mind doing flips in the jungle that is my brain. See how I didn't judge myself and say that's just silly?! Yeah. Judgment doesn't help when you're stressed or panicked. If you find yourself that way, think about what you would say to your best friend and speak to yourself that compassionately. Because if we take a step back, it all really is fascinating and miraculous. Even the stuff of life we don't like so much.
Shifting right into gratitude can be very helpful when your monkey mind goes awry… or anytime, really! So is taking a quiet moment in the midst of stress to remember the simple fact that our bodies always have our best interests at heart. The way we work on a biological level is utterly, astoundingly miraculous.
So, this week’s prompt is all about being grateful for your body, aka, the vehicle for your life! How can you show gratitude for your amazing body?
I’m getting inspired by these prompts right along with you. Here’s my five ...
5 WAYS TO SHOW MY BODY GRATITUDE:
1.) Stay hydrated — seriously hydrated! (This has suddenly become an issue with cooler weather and I’m feeling the effects of not being as thirsty yet still living in the desert and needing lots of water.)
2) Eat and drink pure goodies! (Especially when feeling stressed or panic — the tendency is to not eat or to make less healthy choices, but if I’m truly grateful for my body, I will feed it well!)
3) Get the sleep I need and want! Do what I need to ensure solid sleep (herbal tea/calming tinctures before bed, relaxing baths and meditation at night, less screen time and lower lights after 8pm…)
4) Practice Pranayama and Yoga regularly!
5) Think kind thoughts and speak kind words about my body. Look at myself lovingly in the mirror!
Practice gratitude for your body every day this week and see what happens. You might want to make your list and post it to your bathroom mirror, fridge, or favorite journal. Anywhere you’ll see it daily and remind yourself how grateful you are for your body.
I want to know how you’ll show your body gratitude. I’m sure it’ll be inspiring and I’ll learn from your wisdom! Please share!
You can post the image and your responses to social media. Remember to add #mpgratitudeprompt2018 if you post online so we can all follow along and be inspired by each other!