By Sarah Petty L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. on November 21st, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to reflect on what I am grateful for and invite you all to take five minutes in solitude to do the same. And not just for thanksgiving, but for everyday of your lives, if you are not already doing so.

Being in a space of gratitude creates ease in my body. I feel lighter and more full at the same time. Any fear I have seems to melt away as I reflect on the abundance of resources in my life. I feel a warmth in my chest, taking in how much love I have in my life, whether it come from family, friends, or from inside of me. My shoulders drop, and my breath expands, and I realize they are the good breaths. The breaths that uplift my spirit and reinvigorate my senses. The kind of breaths where thoughts disintegrate as my body remembers how alive I am with breath, blood and qi coursing through me giving me animation, helping hands, caring ears, helpful eyes, a loving heart. What a gift. What a gift to again wake up on this day, November 21, 2012. A day that will not happen again. A fresh new day where anything is possible as long as we show up to receive.

I am grateful for a voice and for this medium. I am grateful to receive feedback that my readers are being touched and moved. I am grateful to that spark inside of me that calls me to share my talents with the world. I am grateful for a career where I have the opportunity to encourage people to share their talents with the world. I am grateful that people trust me and allow me to challenge their current stories and truths. I am grateful for these hands that type out a weekly blog, that anchor my words with needle in hand, that embrace the ones I love, that help a person in need cross the street, that tell a story through spontaneous choreography. And I hope everyday will start with gratitude and end with gratitude, from this day forward.

Last night, as a volunteer, I witnessed a crowd of over 1,000 in L.A. waiting in line for their children to receive a donated pair of shoes. These families did not have an abundance of creature comforts, and they had a lot of love. As I spent more time keeping the line on the sidewalk I thought of the many ways humans assemble in a line. A line that wraps around a building. My mind went to the lines around the world for the new iPhone 5 and how absurd the contrast felt. I was not in the line for the iPhone 5, so I can not compare-but I will say the vibe of the line last night was gratitude and love. No one was impatient, even the end of the line that in total waited around six hours for their shoes. The kids were energetic, passing the time by making up games and playfully tormenting their new friends-us, the volunteers. I didn’t see a single whining child in the crowd. Just love and gratitude.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. For those of you who are not totally looking forward to this reunion, be thankful for enjoying a feast in a warm home. Let go of the past and fill your heart with more love. Be thankful for the abundance in your life. Have a sense of harvest. Take in all that you created and accomplished. Nothing is too small.

Just in case I missed something, and/or this post did not reach you, I will leave you all with some powerful quotations. Thank you all for reading and opening yourselves up to new ways of being. You are doing important work. As you heal yourself, you heal your community.

Look for me in December. Till next time, Be Well.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

― Marcel Proust

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The gratest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
― Seneca

“God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you ”
― William Arthur Ward

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