During this Christmas Season, I encourage all families to really ponder the meaning of Christmas. As parents, ask yourself what are you doing to instill value and traditions in your children. How do we teach our children the importance of gratitude? What a great time and season to start focusing on what we are truly grateful for.
Have you ever noticed that when you are standing in an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, nothing else seems to matter? That feeling of Gratitude serves as an anchor connecting us to the moment we are currently in.
The interesting part to me is the process we go through in order to feel that feeling. There seems to be three significant things which happen. The first is “awareness”. Awareness requires us to be looking outside of our own selfish thoughts and feelings. It allows us to be open and to receive. The second is “surrender”. It is the ability to fully let go of all things small and petty. Allowing ourselves to be totally absorbed into that moment. The third is a “change of focus”. At that moment when that over whelming feeling of gratitude occurs, we are no longer fixated on the past or afraid of the future. We are truly congruent with the moment and have created a feeling of safety and serenity. For that moment we feel absolutely content.
Gratitude is an emotion that is rooted in love and can serve to be a grounding force in helping us to see our value. What are you grateful for?Dean N Nixon
Seminar Director, Life Coach
TurningLeaf Wellness Center