Sipping a cup of the sweet goodness of Tulsi tea with my loving furry companion at my feet, I am reminded to be grateful. This is the month after all when people post their daily reasons for being grateful on social media, and yet I wonder why we only practice it for a month? Gratitude is something that should be found in every day that we are fortunate enough to open our eyes, take a breath, and be amongst the living. I suppose that this practice comes out of the American holiday of Thanksgiving where we are pausing for a moment to be grateful.
November can be a cold month, one where some of us find the wounding for our traumas of loss, just like any other month in the calendar year. All of us have experienced loss in some fashion, be it the loss of someone we love to death, the loss of a job, a marriage, a friendship, a lover, a limb. The list is endless as to what constitutes loss. It can leave us feeling cold and alone, numb. What if for one moment wherever you are sitting in terms of life and with whatever is sitting on your plate de jour you simply decided to feel gratitude? Gratefulness is the place where the heart opens and healing can begin, where the light is allowed to fill the cracks. When we practice gratitude, it changes how we see the world.
November is a wonderful month to begin such a practice, and to continue that practice each and every day in some ritual. Every morning as I open my eyes I pause and give thanks for all that is in my life. I have learned to focus on my blessings. This does not mean that there are no sad or trying moments in my life where I sit in darkness. There are equal opportunities for such feelings, but for as long as I am living I always have the choice to take a moment and be grateful. Try it today and everyday beyond these thirty days of November and see if your life and how you experience it doesn’t begin to shift toward more light and love.