I wanted to start this week out just thinking about everything that I am grateful for. It’s not usually traditional for my family to share these things on Thanksgiving day. Regardless I do know that being in a state of gratitude usually keeps me in a positive mood no matter what is going on in my life.
I had a moment this past week where I let one simple thought put me in a funk. If only I had gone over a few things that I was grateful for, I may have been able to switch my perspective, and change my mood instantly. Gratitude helps to align you to easily manifest the things that you desire which is why it is so important. Here are a few things that I am truly grateful for today.
1. Good Health
Every thing from head to toe is working beautifully. It’s amazing that all I have to do is take care of myself, eat well, get good sleep, and stay in a positive state of mind as much as possible. I never have to tell my lungs to breath, or my mouth to swallow, or my heart to beat.
2. Beautiful Family and Friends
We may not always get along perfectly, yet I would not want any one of them to be different. I am grateful to have them to bounce ideas off and share my life with. Their honesty and love is priceless. They are constantly challenging me to be my best self, and I love each one dearly.
3. My Sacred Space
It’s not always the quietest living in the city, yet I love my home. It took some serious decluttering to truly appreciate the space. Now every time I come home I can exhale and relax.
4. Running Water and Clean Water
This may sound ridiculous, yet when I went backpacking I discovered a true appreciation for running water and am grateful for it every time I get in the shower or turn the knob at the sink. I am also thankful for water stores where getting alkaline water is easily accessible. It’s kind of crazy that we need machines to clean, balance, and give life so something as natural as water. This is the results of man made pollution, but I am grateful for the ability to get clean water.
5. My Rav-4
My car is getting up there in miles, although very reliable and safe to drive. With all the driving I do in Los Angeles, we do spend a lot of quality time together. I’m grateful for the comfort that my car brings me.
6. Being a Professional Dancer
I didn’t always know that this was an option for me growing up in a family with academic based careers. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to take my first dance class at a young age, to fall in love with dance, and continue to train and work as a professional dancer. The road hasn’t been smooth, but whose life path really is? Even the roads that are paved need to be repaved once in a while. I’m grateful to love what I do everyday especially since it is such hard work.
7. The World Wide Web
It is amazing that anything that I want to know I can simply ask Google. Instant information, knowlegde, and philosophy on any topic that I can think up. I’ve learned so much online about health, beauty, nutrition, dance, art, not to mention the inspiration that I’ve received from so many amazing artists, dancers, fashionistas, models, makeup artists, spiritual teachers, yogis, and other lovers of beauty and peace. Everyone is so uniquely different with so many gifts and talents to share, and online it is possible instantly.
8. My Spiritual Community
I’m a part of the Agape International Spiritual Center. In all of the years I’ve attended, I have been given the opportunity and the choice to grow in my own spiritual practice. This month represents Agape’s 25th Anniversary! Amazing!
9. Silly Moments
I grew up in a serious hardworking family, which is why I think silliness has been a big part of my personality to balance things out. Comedy, laughter, and silliness can truly get you though tough times that you may have thought were unbearable. Even if that laugh doesn’t last long, to take note that you experienced it shows you that there is also an opposite spectrum of whatever you are going through.
10. More Than One Way
Los Angeles is a city with tons and tons of back roads. There are high amounts of traffic at all times of the day and four miles may take thirty or more minutes during rush hour. Still there are so many ways to get to the same place. Whenever I’m given news that I’m not happy with, or information that doesn’t seem right, I’m learning that there is always another way. Just asking the right questions is all I have to do.
What are you grateful for?
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)