Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gratitude: Month Two

I am well into my second month of my gratitude project and am now exchanging messages of gratitude with a dear friend that I went to college with who I haven't seen for several decades.   I can't even begin to describe the richness of the exchanges.  At this point, writing my daily gratitude list has become a habit, as natural as brushing my teeth.  When I started the project on Thanksgiving day, I was so excited about it that I couldn't wait to do my gratitude list and I would put a great deal of thought into choosing my three things; I wanted them to be the right things.  I wanted them to be profound.  Then, after a few weeks, the novelty of the project wore off, and it began to feel like a chore.  And for a few days in there, but only a few, my mood so dark, it was difficult to think of three things, and the whole project felt like a lame joke.

But nowadays the gratitude list flows easily.  Whatever resonates at the moment I decide to do my list, I write.  One day I am thankful for opportunities to begin anew.  Another day I am thankful for lemons.  The longer I do this project the more I love it.  I think it is true that what you give your attention to grows.  These thoughts, the positive thoughts that I have cultivated and cajoled, have now become second nature.  These thoughts have changed the way that I live.  These days I would describe myself as a happy person. I am grateful to be alive.  I happily greet the morning and climb into bed excited for sleep so that I can wake up and do this life thing some more.  In the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, "Change your thoughts and you change your world."

I am grateful for the people who have signed on to do it with me.  I have three more gratitude buddies in the wings and I am excited about month long exchanges with each of them. And as I continue, I will keep you posted.

Wishing you balance,


Monday, January 10, 2011

Setting Intentions

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

This is a time of setting intentions.  How would you like your life to be in the New Year?  To what habits of mind and body would you like to say goodbye?  What would you like to invite into your life?

I have been having many conversations with people, clients and friends alike, about New Year's resolutions and intentions.  Health seems to be the number one priority when making those resolutions.

Recent research is hailing touch as the new medicine.  The research is welcome and affirming, but the body already knows how important nurturing touch is.  Bodywork feels wonderful and facilitates the body's own ability to  heal.  Touch is vital to our health.

What will you do to take care your body this year?  How will you invite in health and balance?

Some inspiring resolutions that I have heard-

  • Drink more water
  • Eat organic food
  • Meditate more
  • Get a massage a month
  • Make a New Year's resolution

Here's wishing you a year of joy, good health and balance.  May you breathe deeply, sleep soundly, dance happily and laugh loudly.  I hope to see you soon.  I owe a great big thank you to all my supportive friends, clients and readers for making this year a great start to my dream to help others in their own healing journeys. 

Wishing you balance,