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PRACTICING MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE

November 23, 2013

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.”- Oprah

 

With Thanksgiving upon us, what better time to think about what you are grateful for? Putting your attention on all that is good in your life, and consciously practicing gratitude, is such an important way to truly focus on the positive, recognize what is important to you, and be happy with what you have.

To help you shift your attention to what brings you gratitute, and appreciate and enjoy your life more, it is important to practice mindfulness and be present in everything that you do.  We all have hectic lives packed with busy schedules and often rush through the day trying to accomplish everything that needs to get done. Instead, slow down and be present in the moment.  When you make a conscious effort to be mindful and present you will find that you get more out of life, deepen your relationships, and experience more happiness and fulfillment.

This concept applies to eating as well, which I know is a big part of celebrating all the upcoming holidays.  By slowing down and being mindful of what you are eating, you will truly taste and enjoy your food, and you’ll find that a little bit goes a long way.  This also helps you digest your food better, reduce cravings, and allow your mind and body to connect, so that you can stop eating before overdoing it.  To do this, try to slow down when you eat, avoid distractions if possible, put down your fork with each bite you take, and fully chew and taste the food you eat in order to get the most out of it.

So, as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, try to be present and mindful, and truly appreciate the special people in your life, the delicious food on the table, and all that you are grateful for everyday.

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