Thanksgiving Gratitude

gratitude

I have an old friend that I used to run around with a long time ago when I was following a Native American spiritual path.  She’s still very involved in that world, which is great for her, though it is not the right path for me.  Last year when I posted a Happy Thanksgiving wish on my personal Facebook she made a point of telling me that she does not observe the holiday because of the way the Native Americans were treated at the hands of the white settlers.  I do understand that sentiment and it made me think for a moment about how I feel about the holiday.  I responded to her that, while I respect her perspective, for me I choose to re-frame the holiday in a different light.  I use the holiday to really celebrate all of the amazing blessings and gifts that I enjoy every day and to practice profound gratitude for my life.   Instead of focusing my energy on the horrible negativity and darkness of the past, which I can do nothing to change, I choose to focus on the positive aspects which is the spirit of a true Thanksgiving.

It’s very easy for us to put a lot of energy into obtaining and achieving that which we don’t have and forget to be thankful for that which we do have.  I think, no matter how bad our life might seem, there is always something to be thankful for.  The more you hold gratitude in your heart the more that positivity flows to you.  The Universe LOVES it when we show gratitude.  Life gets better when we’re thankful for what we have and aren’t always clawing and grasping for more, more, MORE!!

This weekend, think about your life and all that you have.  Take a moment to thank the Universe, Source, Spirit, God for the many blessings you have.  If you’re reading this on a computer you have a lot to be thankful for right off the top of my head.  You can see, you can read, you have access to a computer and the internet, you’re alive, you probably have some money, you probably have arms and hands that work.  It might not seem like much to you, but those are amazing things.  There are many people on the planet that don’t have at least some of those things.  My point: stop focusing on what you don’t have and be thankful for that which you do.  Life will feel lighter and your heart will be free of the burden of always feeling like you are lacking something.  You have enough and you ARE enough already.

I want to thank all of you who read this blog for taking the time to pay attention to my thoughts, even for a few moments.  It means the world to me.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Shawn

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