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Blessed Being: Three Gratitude Practices to Try this Thanksgiving

Practicing gratitude can shift your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.

We all know that we should be grateful, to express our appreciation, count our blessings and to say Thank You. However, culturally, we are conditioned to focus on everything we don't have - instead of focusing on what we do have. Practicing gratitude can shift your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.

Cultivating gratitude means not taking things for granted. The more we recognize how much we do have and how many things are going well, we become increasingly aware of life’s miracles and everything we have been given. Then, we can come from a place of abundance. If we think we don't have enough, and think everyone else has more than we do, we come from a place of fear. Sometimes a sense of entitlement arises from the idea that life owes us and we focus on receiving. When we come from a place of gratitude and love, we both know and trust that we have enough to give. Practice the art of giving to receive. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to cultivate gratitude. Here are three of my favorite gratitude practices:

Look for the good. Take a moment to look for the good and notice what is working in your life - instead of focusing on what isn’t Do something fun, adventure into nature for a walk, or spend time with a dear friend. Can you perceive your world from a different angle?
Share the abundance. Do something for someone else. If you are focused solely on your own problems, one of the best ways to break the cycle of negativity is to go out and do something for someone else. Volunteer at a food bank, get involved in your community, help a friend move or cook dinner for The point is to change your focus and do something good for someone else.
Break the barrier of negativity. Say something positive. If you catch yourself saying something negative, flip it into something positive. You may be surprised how the power of your thoughts and words can influence your mood.


What are you most grateful for? How do you practice gratitude?


Erica Blitz


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