If you'd like to hear the audio version of this blog, click here. I cannot believe that here in the U.S. we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving in a few days. It always creeps up then I am shocked that it’s here. There’s a saying that the days can seem long but the years fly by. Oh my, yes they do.
At many Thanksgiving tables, families and friends gather to eat a gi-normous meal, take a nap or watch football, then come back to eat even more. Not quite sure how overstuffing ourselves on one day of the year became a cultural norm, but…
We also give thanks before the meal is served, in honor of the bounty we have before us.
I have recently started to change how I give thanks or feel gratitude for things in my life. I recognize that if something truly means something to me, I experience it with all five of my senses.
Let me show you how this works then you can try it for yourself.
Think of any person, place, thing, animal, or something in nature you are grateful for.
Take two long slow deep breaths.
Imagine seeing what it is. Does it have a color, shape, or form? What do you notice?
Now use your sense of smell. Does it have a smell or odor? If it does, what does it smell like? Is it sweet or musty? Pleasurable or pungent?
Next, move on to the sound of what you are grateful for. Does it rustle crackle, or crinkle?
Does it have a taste? Notice if it does. Is it enjoyable?
And what does it feel like? Is it soft, smooth, or rough? Does it have a texture? If so, what is it?
Now bring a sense of thankfulness and gratitude for whatever it is you are thinking about from this place of all five of your senses. Can you be thankful for how it looks, smells, sounds, tastes, and feels?
I invite you to try experiencing gratitude in this way.
It might just bring a deeper meaning to giving thanks. And it sure beats the prayer, rub-a-dub-dub-thanks-for-the-grub-yay-God!
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.
Your Turn: What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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