Thanksgiving is a great time to get together, see friends and family. Laugh and talk, catch up with everyone and fill our bellies with an assortment of yummy food.
It’s also a great time to sit down with pen and pad and write down, yes WRITE, with pen in hand, what we are grateful for.
I did this the other day. I found a quiet spot, in my house; it’s the home office/yoga room. Then I closed my eyes and sat comfortably in my desk chair. I took a few moments of pranayama and used the mantra I am thankful for, I am thankful for, I am thankful for.
After a few minutes, I sat up, planted my feet on the floor and began to free write. This is what I wrote:
I am thankful for my health
I am thankful for the health of the ones I love.
I am thankful for my husband and son.
Thankful for the joy and love they give me.
Thankful for the constant reminder that I am deserving of that joy and love.
I am thankful for my mother and father
Thankful that they fed, bathed, cared for me, some are not so lucky.
Thankful for the century plus old live oak that graces the end of my street.
I am thankful for my neighborhood of Seminole Heights giving me wonderful neighbors and friends for the past 14 years.
Thankful that Mom still took me out to the movies back in the day, through my newwave-goth stage.
I am thankful for her teaching me how to cook an egg when I was 8.
I am thankful for every single bully.
I am thankful for my practice of yoga. Giving me the tools to release the pains of the past and embrace the present moment.
I am thankful for Combos.
I am thankful for the cool grass at Curtis Hixon Park under my head in the middle of summer. Thankful for it’s fountains.
Thankful for running way at 15 to live with my mother in Largo. SO, thankful I met Eric 2 months later.
Thankful for the smell of bacon in the morning.
I am thankful for my brother Michael introducing me to the Beatles, cooking, and being what a big brother is supposed to be, my protector.
I am thankful for music, movies and my books.
I am thankful for Yerbe Mate Latte Eric made me the other day.
I am thankful for the sweet sounds of the birds on the cool November Florida winds.
I am thankful for the earth and her graceful orbit around the sun.
I am thankful for the men and women who protect this country with their lives, I am thankful for their families.
I am thankful for my freedom as an American Woman.
I am thankful for my dreams of the future. I am thankful for the pains of the past.
I am thankful for all the laughter. I am thankful for every tear.
I am thankful for being a student of forgiveness.
I am thankful for my teachers.
I am thankful that I am married to my favorite teacher.
I am thankful for my students.
I am thankful I got to speak to my father before he passed.
I am thankful that my son knows his Grandmothers.
I am thankful for the life I have been given.
I am thankful for you.
What are you thankful for this week? Give yourself about 10 mins, don't edit what you write, just let it flow. Don't judge what you put down, it's free thought, so don't judge it, embrace it. Laugh, cry, give in to it and I hope you find it as fun and enlightening as I did.
Share with me and your community!