Growing Gratitude

As we enter a new year, it's important to take stock of the things we feel gratitude for, as well as those areas in which we want to extend more compassion or a more positive intent. Setting a New Year's resolution to change something usually stems from negative energy that we've been feeding on for some time. An alternative way to approach the changes we seek in the new year is to commit to positivity and gratitude for our many gifts in life. By shifting our focus away from the negative force that we're wishing away to the positive qualities we already posses, we have already begun to implement the change we seek.

Take at least 10 minutes to focus on the positive non-tangibles in your life. These might include healthy relationships, inner strength, personal talents, or wellness commitments. Invite your mind to prioritize and extend gratitude to these areas. For example, "I am thankful for a loving spouse," "I am thankful for supportive friends," "I am thankful for a compassionate relationship with a difficult family member," "I am thankful my commitment to a healthful diet gives me more energy," "I am thankful my body is strong enough to run or walk a 5/10/15/30K," "I am thankful for my personal commitment to yoga." As you can see, our possibilities for gratitude are endless...

Every morning, upon rising, revisit these and new areas of gratitude in your life. Then, set a natural, positive intention for your day. Perhaps you will try to approach every situation with more compassion or understanding for your interlocutor(s). Or, you will try to make better food choices to fuel your body with what it needs, not just what it craves. Maybe you will try to forgive someone who causes you pain, while loving yourself enough to accept and let go of that which you cannot change by inviting positive, healthy energy into your life.

By unearthing this positivity we can eliminate the preeminent negative energy from our lives, and the change we seek will happen naturally. This may not happen overnight, but is within all of our power to do. We control our minds, not the other way around.

Namaste and Happy New Year!