Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crossing the Threshold to a New Life

 Today I would like to share a life-changing concept with you. This is not a new concept and you just might very well sigh a big yawn when I share with you the big idea. But, I can tell you that if you make this concept a daily PRACTICE, your life will change in ways that you never imagined:

DRUMROLL..........GRATITUDE!

When I began this practice two years ago, I was in a deep depression with hardly a speck of light penetrating the darkness of my soul and struggling for something for which to be thankful. My glass was not half-full (well, except for wine), it was empty! But, very soon after implementing this daily habit of gratitude my spirit lightened and my heart began to occasionally beat with joy.

"Being grateful all the time isn't easy, but, it's when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you : PERSPECTIVE!!! Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It's the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life.....And the more grateful you become, the more you have to be grateful for."                                                              
"What I Know for Sure" by Oprah                                                                
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"First we learn to be grateful no matter what our circumstances. In offering gratitude for our real lives, we discover how to change them for the better.



"Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach 

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"The life that counts blessings discovers that it's yielding more than it seems"





"One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp    

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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."                                      




Melody Beattie author of "Codependent No More"

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"The Power of Vulnerability" by Brené Brown


In Brené Brown's list of The 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living she lists gratitude as an essential ingredient to living a Wholehearted Life.  Dr. Brown goes so far as to say "Not only just verbally speaking "I'm grateful" but, by making a concrete practice of this habit you will become closer to living a wholehearted life". You can do this by writing them down or establishing a 5 minute break of giving thanks or sharing gratitudes around the dinner table with your family.  This is a daily ritual that is as essential as breathing in my opinion.

Two years ago, I began the practice of recording my gratitudes.  First thing in the morning before I look at e-mails, turn on the news, take a phone call, or eat breakfast, I reflect on and write 5 "things" for which I am grateful.  I make myself a cup of coffee and I sit down in my favorite chair with a beautiful book, my favorite pen and I reflect on 5 blessings/miracles, big or little, that occurred the day before that I know in my heart were planted just for me to see, hear, taste, or enjoy. Perhaps it was a text of encouragement, a handwritten note of Thanksgiving, a beautiful white rose blooming outside my window, the hug of a grandchild, or a phone call from a long lost friend....I can testify that making gratitude a daily practice will rock your world!

Now, I am sure that you are wondering what in the world this has to do with eating healthily, but my experience tells me that if we are not firmly grounded spiritually or emotionally, we can't conquer our poor eating habits.  We rely on comfort foods to numb us or console us. Life happens and inevitably some hurtful event will happen in a month, a week, or a day that will upset us and we will want to turn to food for consolation. Instead of reaching for that cookie or piece of cake or glass of wine,  reflect on the daily miracles that have showered you with inspiration and hope. ( This is why I like to record my gratitudes in a beautiful journal. Now I have them handy to refresh my memory when my ego is telling me " Open the refrigerator door, have a little snack and pour yourself a little glass of wine....you deserve a little comfort"!).

I encourage you to begin this practice and after a couple of weeks I would love to hear how implementing this habit has impacted your life and what specific blessings you noticed that you might not have noticed before.

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