Scientific research indicates that gratitude has a lasting effect on your resilience to face new challenges. It also lowers blood pressure, boosts immune responses, and lessens anxiety and depression. A practice of gratitude promotes a feeling of well-being.
If you practice gratitude, you will experience more optimism, happiness and joy.
Practicing gratitude will change your life.
To develop a practice of gratitude you must first bring your attention to the blessings in your life. It helps to use a focusing technique such as mindfulness meditation...
"Gratitude awakens another way of being in the world, one that nurtures the heart.”
~ Angeles Arrien
As I prepared to write our November newsletter on the practice of gratitude, I looked up the etymology of the word. Surprisingly, I misread the dictionary definition. I read, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return to kindness.” Return to kindness inspired me. (The definition actually read, “…to return a kindness.”)
For many years I have incorporated gratitude practices in my daily rituals. The thought of expanding it in...
“May your values, memories, and life experience become the wisdom by which you bless the future.” - Rachael Freed
I attended a beautiful wedding this weekend and had the opportunity to sit with and old friend I had not seen in many years. After catching up on life events, we settled into a discussion of the changes we witnessed in our culture and what values may have been lost along the way. While my friend and I come from different political spectrums, we found common ground when sharing the values that are important to each of us.
“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” – Aberjhani
This Valentine’s Day I challenge you to be courageous! Love yourself more.
We live in a culture of judgement. The media tells us what beauty is, what success is, what love is. In reality, there is no one scale that can measure your unique value or your incredible potential. Judging yourself on a false cultural scale is damaging to your self-esteem and doesn’t take into account your contributions to friends, family and the jobs you do.
Only you know what inspires you to do what you d...
“We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.”
– David Steindl-Rast
As I arrive at the first new moon of the New Year, I celebrate the moment in gratitude. Even though life is not perfect and fear keeps popping up in my field, gratitude calms me and allows me to be present in my own life. In Brother David’s words I, “Stop. Look. Go.”
Scientific research has proven that gratitude is good for us. Robert Emmons, PhD, reports that gratitude blocks toxic emotions such as regret, fear and depression. Grateful people are more resilient in t...
A life review is an opportunity to engage in story when your life is in transition. Where have you been? Are there regrets? What are the lessons? By reviewing the past, you can step into your future with clarity and intention. Each story is unique.
But, there is a larger story to remember, one of our connection to nature, the earth and the universe that we all reside in.
In her poem, “Remember,” poet Joy Harjo reminds us to create grander stories that call us to attention in our lives and remember.
“List your blessings and you will walk through those gates of thanksgiving and into the fields of joy.” ~ Garrison Keillor
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to step into gratitude. It is a time to gather together in celebration of life and all its gifts.
Many cultures practice thanksgiving rituals at this harvest-time of year. Our tradition in the United States dates back to 1621 when the immigrant colonists shared a feast with the Wampanoag Indians. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be a nationa...
Several years ago, Patti Pansa, a professional engineer and life coach, contacted me to assist her in her journey towards death.
When we met she had taken care of all the literal preparations for death: she had spoken to her family members about her wishes for end-of-life care; her last will and testament, advanced health care directives, and medical durable power of attorney were all signed and delivered to the appropriate people; a list of her important accounts with passwords sat in a folder next to her computer.
But Patti wanted more. She wanted to leave a legacy...