November 2018 Gratitude Prompt #4

Hollie Holden recently posed this pondering on her blog: “What if the detour is the path?”

Hmmmm…

Yes, Hollie. Good question. What if?!

In my life the detours — those unexpected happenings that took me somewhere I was never planning to go that were sometimes met with kicking, screaming, resisting, being unaware (because if I chose to be aware there was the possibility that I might actually let go of control, be okay with where life was leading me, or learn something along the way), and me just being pretty dang anxious, overwhelmed, grumpy or forlorn — have often been the biggest blessings.

We humans tend to want to line things up neatly. We like point A to point B with no bumps in the road. But life doesn’t happen in a straight line. Everything on earth happens in cycles and swirls. We live on a round planet (at least according to most) that sits a bit wonky on its axis and spins. We orbit the sun in a solar system that rotates. Rather than shine on us with the exact same brightness every single day, our moon waxes and wanes. Our seasons shift and surprise. In an ironic twist of fate, it’s often the winding paths that lead us to the most adventure and beauty.

Fear can keep us from seeing that all is well along an unexpected path, and ego can keep us in a state of stuck-ness and resistance. (I hear yoga is really good for helping with this…just saying.) No “make wrong” for having fear or ego; they’re part of being human, which is a brilliant and worthy adventure! Plus, usually we wake up somewhere along the path and get perspective. Or, once we step off at the end we can see more clearly where it all led. Hindsight gives us deep learning and appreciation. It’s that whole ‘we can’t see the forrest through the trees’ thing.

This week is all about thinking back along the paths we’ve taken so far and feeling deep, deep gratitude for the blessings we’ve gotten from the unexpected twist and turns.

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Maybe you’ve stepped on every path consciously. I bet there were still some unexpected, choose-your-own-adventure moments.

Maybe direction has been forced upon you through no choice of your own.

Maybe you’re on one of those unexpected paths right now and you can’t experience the learning and the blessings just yet. That’s okay. Can you trust that at some point in time there will be a moment when you will be able to?

Sometimes just stating even the most simple thing you’re grateful for along the path can help clear it.

So, this week I ask you to compile a little list of the paths you’ve been gifted with. Joyful and otherwise, there are gifts to them all. Then, make a list of what about them you are grateful for.

Have you grown or learned something? Have you met someone interesting or influential along the way? Have you helped someone?


I’m getting inspired by these prompts right along with you…

The obvious unexpected path along my lifetime so far that has led me to gratitude is
the scoliosis-induced one that led me to yoga and natural living.
This ultimately led me to teach yoga and be in your inbox today.
I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned and continue to learn from this path.
I’m so grateful it has led to me being able to share with others, touch lives, meet people
and have some amazing experiences.
I veered off a professional path I expected to continue on forever and onto this one
when I was forced by my physical body to do so.
I’ve had so much confusion and resistance about that at various points in time because
I’ve worried that maybe I took a wrong turn.
But there’s no way a “wrong” turn led me to a happier, healthier life I love!

I hope every path you step on has blessings.

May there be more apparent blessings, and less blessings in disguise, but when they’re not so apparent, may you always remember to keep your eyes, mind and heart wide open to see the hidden goodness, the almost-missed opportunities, the unexpected growth and newness and joy!

Can’t wait to hear about your amazing life’s paths! And how this whole month of more mindful gratitude practices has gone for you. Thank you for sharing and playing along with me. We’ll do it again next November. In the meantime, as always, feel free to email me or share this blog post with people who might like a little grateful pick-me-up and use #mpgratitudeprompt2018 when you share your grateful musings about this prompt on social media.

It’s been a real pleasure doing this with you!

Be well, happy, and always grateful!

November 2018 Gratitude Prompt #3

HAPPY GRATITUDE MONTH!!!

We have arrived at week 3 of Thanksgiving Gratitude Prompts, and the week of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US — hooray!

This week is all about noticing:
Notice just how many things you really have to be grateful for.

Nothing is too small! When I get quiet and tune into all I have to be grateful for, the amount of seemingly teensy weensy things that I think of surprises me. These teensy weensy things that could so easily be overlooked add up to a whole heap of a wonderful life.

Every day this week, list 3 things you are grateful for. But… Just 3.

Then, notice how many more things come to mind that you are grateful for. Also notice how, as if though magic, you stay in a noticing mindset all day long.

Gratitude grows!

(If I were a twitter-er, I’d ask you to retweet that statement! If you are a twitter-er, feel free — add #mpgratitudeprompt2018. I’m about to grab a fabric marker and write this on a t-shirt for myself. Old school tweeting!)

When we focus on gratitude, we see that we have SO MUCH to be grateful for and our mind gets reset to think grateful thoughts in the midst of our day to day.

For example, we wash dishes and maybe we notice we are rushing though this task with a mind that’s focused elsewhere, or maybe we are feeling annoyed about having to do the dishes at all. Then we remember we can choose to think a grateful thought in that moment, ‘I am grateful for these dishes. I am grateful for all the food I have to eat on them and all the good times had over many meals during my life. I am grateful for the people who share my life with me and for my life itself. What a wonderful life I get to lead in which I can wash my abundant dishes!’

Okay. Maybe I got a little overexcited with that last example statement but, you get my drift. And, when I really do let myself go to a place of feeling deep gratitude, I really do get that gratefully excited!

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I’m getting inspired by these prompts right along with you. Here are the first three things that came to my mind, which is now rolling through about a zillion things to list...

HERE’S MY ITTY-BITTY LIST OF 3 FOR TODAY:

  • LOVE! The love I experience coming into and flowing out from my heart every single day. The love I receive from my family and friends and the love they inspire me to cultivate and share with them. The teachings that remind me that we are each love and love is all (and all we need, Thanks Beatles!).

  • ORGANIC PUMPKIN PUREE! The fact that I can make all the pumpkin goodness I want on the daily right now even when I haven’t done the work of roasting/steaming and pureeing whole pumpkins all season long really does pumpkin spice up my day.

  • INSPIRATIONAL WORDS! I love writing them. I love hearing them. love reading them. I love their energy, their power, their ability to express and excite and make me contemplate.

This list really could go on and on and on and on. I mean, I didn’t even mention my dishes!

Please share this blog post with loved ones and on social media to keep the gratitude growing this month! We’ve got one more Sunday after today for the 2018 installment of Magareeshi Thanksgiving Gratitude Prompts and next week’s prompt is a very reflective one. Be sure to add your personal responses and #mpgratitudeprompt2018 so we can all follow along and be inspired by each other!

Thank you! I’m grateful for you and all you are sharing through this fun little endeavor of positive energy!

November 2018 Gratitude Prompt #2 -- Gratitude For Nature

HAPPY GRATITUDE MONTH!!!

We have arrived at week 2 of 2018’s Thanksgiving Gratitude Prompts.

I hope last week’s prompt reminded you how amazing your human body is!  I hope you found ways to show your body gratitude, to treat yourself well in health, and to stand for a moment here and there in awe of the incredible systems that make you, you.  YOU are a miracle of nature!

Speaking of nature… This week is all about connecting to nature.  Look around and see what in the natural world you are grateful for.  Make a grateful offering to the earth.

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The air has suddenly become briskly chilly.  Our fireplace is flickering away next to me.  I’ve just mixed up my first batch of Double Chocolate Cinnamon Cocoa Mix for the season with the promise of a cup shared with my sweet wee girl later this afternoon while snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket watching a cozy show and reading some new books.  Autumn is officially upon me and I’m loving every single second I can get in — and in celebration of — nature!  Where I am the sun is shining brightly during the day and setting earlier and earlier each day, reminding me to tune in, rest, get quiet regularly, listen, let go, and just be.

Even in the midst of a super fun, active week of houseguests and festivities celebrating my husband’s birthday, I’ve spent time in awe of nature and, with the help of last week’s gratitude prompt, staying connected to my humanness in the midst of the natural world around me.  I’m excited for this week’s prompt to inspire more conscious time reflecting in nature.

I’m getting inspired by these prompts right along with you ...

HERE’S WHAT FLOATS MY NATURE BOAT:

I am eternally grateful for fresh air to breathe.  I am grateful for season changes that remind me I am part of a cycle and I am never stagnant, always expanding and changing.  

I am grateful for the pull of the moon, the life-giving energy of the sun, the twinkle of the stars, trees, mountains, waterways, and every light breeze I have ever been outside to enjoy. 

I am grateful that I live somewhere where hummingbirds are still buzzing about a bit, where certain flowers are blooming and pomegranates are pickable, where the sky tends toward blue, and where time outside is invigorating.

HERE ARE 3 WAYS I SHOW MOTHER NATURE I AM GRATEFUL:

1) Use natural cleaners in my house.

2) Grow and purchase organic foods.

3) Go on “noticing walks” mindfully looking at the world around me and getting more inspired to treat the earth with respect.


Please share this prompt with anyone else who might be inspired by it.  And, be sure to share your responses!  You can simply email me, or share on social media.  Remember to add the hashtag — #mpgratitudeprompt2018 — so we can all follow along and be inspired by each other!

Thank you for your brilliance and wisdom being shared in this fun little endeavor of positive energy throughout this month.  Mother Nature thanks you for thinking of her lovingly!

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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?



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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!