This time of year always seems to make me feel like becoming a hermit. Perhaps it is the sudden plunge into darkness around 5:00 pm or the crisp wind that chills me to the bone, but I just don’t have much energy once Autumn is in full swing. About mid-way through October I started feeling moody and even a bit melancholy. I don’t really have anything to be down-in-the-dumps about, but yet I have been feeling heavy and slow, as if I am absorbing the energy of the weather around me.
I chose gratitude as this month’s theme in order to balance these dense energies I am feeling with something light and buoyant (I could have called it the month of Thanksgiving, but that would be too obvious...) I have written about gratitude and other healing energies before. There is definitely something restorative about counting your blessings daily. When I feel one of my dark spells coming on I try to immediately begin listing what I am grateful for. It acts as a shield against any negative mood that might assail me.
Gratitude ~ This is a powerhouse energy, in and of itself. When you adopt this one as your daily companion, it’s difficult for you to be shut down. Finding gratitude for what you have, who you know, and who you are, including gratitude for your body – can help you to see the bigger picture and greater possibilities. See it, and it can become yours. – 10 Energies for Self Healing
This month, rather than waiting for Thanksgiving to roll around, try being grateful everyday. Keep a journal, write a blog post, send an email to people you appreciate, just try to keep a daily mental focus on the parts of your life that you can be grateful for.
My goal is to start each day with the Bathing in Love and Gratitude meditation below. Afterwards, I will then write down at least 3 things I am grateful for that day. I believe it will help me stay mentally positive, joyful and at peace throughout the month of November. I hope you will join me and find your own way of making gratitude a part of your daily life.
Today I sat with my singing bowl and the rosary my dear friend Cara recently gifted me. I rang the bell and paced my breath by moving my fingers from bead to bead. After about 40 or so beads I sat quietly and allowed feelings of love and gratitude to wash over me. I found myself trying to resist, but once I gave in I felt at peace. After my meditation I laid down on the floor and stretched my body. It felt good to give myself this time. I am looking forward to giving myself at least 10 minutes for this gratitude meditation every day this month.
Here is what I recorded in my gratitude journal today:
I am grateful for the love I share with my husband Erich.
I am grateful for my Mother who cherishes me.
I am grateful for my dog Ollie and his loving obedience and loyalty.
I am grateful for my ability and desire to learn new things everyday.
I am grateful for my blog and the WordPress community for giving me an outlet and a support network.
In love and gratitude,