On Thanksgiving Day, much of our focus is on food, friends and family, football games and parades, but the holiday is meant as a day of giving thanks. For some of us, myself included, it can be difficult to see past all of the hubbub and remember why we are all brought together on this day. I have come up with 5 practices of gratitude that I hope will continually bring me back to the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout the day.
- Meditation – Take an extra 15 minutes in bed tomorrow morning to meditate, center your spirit and honor your space within the universe. I know it sounds hippy dippy, but this will help you remain open and present for your friends and loved ones throughout the day.
- Breathe Deep – If at any point stress or drama clouds your consciousness, remember the power of your breath. The moment you are pulled from the spirit of giving, close your eyes, take 5 deep breaths and recenter your mind.
- Voice Your Love and Appreciation – Thanksgiving is the perfect day to tell the ones you love just how much they are appreciated. Pull your Grandparents, best friend or siblings aside and tell them just how much you love and appreciate exactly who they are.
- Do the Dishes – The simplest task on the list and one of the easiest ways to show your appreciation to the chef. If you didn’t cook you clean, it’s only fair.
- Gratitude Journal – At the end of the day when all is said and done, take time to write down 3 things that you were grateful for throughout the day. If you are not used to this practice, consider starting a gratitude journal, what better day to start? Writing your gratitude helps reduce your stress levels and brings about a feeling of calm.
I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for for every single one of you!