Today, thankful thoughts are at the forefront of my mind. It is, after all, Thanksgiving Monday in Canada. Today, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media will be littered with gratitude filled thoughts. This of course, is a very good thing. Most certainly it is a trend I would like to see more of.
My belief is, that which you focus on is equal to that which you experience. This belief is the reason I guide my thoughts daily through meditation, gratitude exercises and such. If we only ever have control over how we perceive and react to the world beyond our own minds, then surely we can find a little time each day to take care of those thoughts.
Several of my previous posts have focused on mindfulness, seventy three of them to be precise. You can read more of my “mindful” posts here. Mindfulness is not merely a state of mind, but also an active, doing, sort of approach to life. It involves being aware of our surroundings just as much as it involves being centered and grounded in our own peacefulness. Mindfulness asks us to be present in the moment and have gratitude for whatever that present happens to be.
Being mindful is a thoughtful and gratitude filled way of living life. Many traditions include a component of mindfulness. Thanksgiving for example, is a set date on the calendar where we are to gather with loved ones and hold thanks in our hearts for the time together, the bread we break, and the appreciation of the life we live.
My thanksgiving wish is that each of us will carry the spirit of this thankful day with us all year long. Voicing our gratitude has tremendous benefits and so today, I will share with you a short list of all the things I am thankful for on this Thanksgiving Monday.
Books to read
Stories to tell
Warm sunny days
Crisp morning walks
Crunching of leaves beneath my feet
The raccoon we spotted on this morning’s walk
and today especially….
Paleo friendly pumpkin pie!