I have two Thanksgiving wishes for you...
1. Slow Down
Years ago, I spent hours with two other women preparing a delicious Thanksgiving feast, only to watch our guests scarf it down in less than 15 minutes, then leave the table. Barely a sentence was spoken throughout the entire meal.
They grabbed dessert and headed back to the TV leaving the cooks behind as we stared at our half-empty plates.
I was disappointed and, well, really annoyed.
My first wish for you this Thanksgiving is to slow down.
Savor every moment and morsel.
Linger over your meal enjoying good conversation with your table mates. Truly taste (and chew!) each bite.
My family has a fun tradition of posing questions to the entire table then taking turns answering them. Everyone participates, from ages 6 to 80.
Questions range from “What movie character would you like to be?” and “If you could be any flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why? to "What was your best day ever?”
By slowing down, you will experience greater pleasure and satisfaction and feel much more energized and connected to your body and your loved ones.
2. Write a Thank You Letter…to Your Body
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time criticizing our body.
Doing so causes unnecessary stress and suffering. It drains your energy and life force.
My second wish for you is that you begin to adopt a policy of kindness, compassion and acceptance toward your body.
As you count your blessing this Thanksgiving, take time to write a thank you letter to your body. Tell it absolutely everything you’re grateful for.
For example, thank your…
- heart for beating on its own and for feeling all kinds of love
- legs for enabling you to walk, run, dance, hike or ski
- arms for carrying your child or hugging a loved one
- eyes for seeing all the beauty and goodness in the world
- nose for smelling blooming flowers, baking bread, brewing coffee and freshly cut grass
- hands for performing millions of tiny miracles throughout the day, from tying shoes and texting friends to scratching your dog's belly and selecting a perfectly ripe avocado
This simple yet powerful act can put you on the path to creating a more loving, relaxed and peaceful relationship with your body.
For more tips on cultivating an attitude of gratitude, head on over to here.