November.  The month of Thanksgiving: the quintessential holiday to come together and share a meal with loved ones and remember all that you are grateful for.  Beautiful and simple.

While it may appear that things are crumbling around us, we still have so much to be thankful for.

A few years ago, I started a daily gratitude practice.

I would either consciously write everything I was grateful for at the end of the day- making sure to come up with at least 5, no matter how hard; or would lie in bed before sleeping at night and recall all of the things in my mind.

Honestly, I am doing it more from bed these days, and many times I’ll wake up and realize that I fell asleep before acknowledging everything!

I have noticed some things while doing this practice:

Some days it can be so hard to come up with even five things- I would find myself grasping at straws, but then would remember simple things like my lights turned on or I ate 3 meals that day.

As I continued this practice, it became easier and easier to find things to be grateful for and the more I felt grateful, the more things presented themselves to me- it really was and continues to be amazing!

So, on this holiday when we consciously and collectively celebrate and give thanks for all of the things in our lives, I am inviting you to continue the practice daily (practice being the key word here!)  You may just be amazed at how you feel!

I wanted to share some poignant gratitude quotes with you for Thanksgiving:

“Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace.” -Todd Stocker

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” -Maya Angelou 

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” -Native American saying

Wishing you a nourishing Thanksgiving and end of the year holiday season filled with joy, love, compassion, gratitude and connection.

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