Breathing in ~ I am aware of my heart; breathing out ~ I am smiling at my heart…Thich Nhat Hanh. November is all about Gratitude and Love. What do you do that brings forth feelings of gratitude?
It isn’t always easy, during the Holidays, to let go and be in alignment with who you really are. Old expectations, beliefs, and worries about family, money, time, and the multitude of other stressors pulling on you can leave you depleted. Where is the gratitude in being left out or fatigued or sad or angry? Where is the appreciation in arguing with the ones you love? When I get into this mode, I often go to a simple breathing meditation.
If you find any resonance with this, take a moment to go within. Go to your own heart and slowly begin to ground your body. Straighten your spine, put both feet on the ground and b-r-e-a-t-h-e with mindfulness. Simply follow your breath in and out. Once you feel more centered, you can repeat the affirmation from Thich Nhat Hanh above; “Breathing in ~ I am aware of my heart. Breathing out ~ I am smiling at my heart.” “Why, that’s very nice”, answers the heart.