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Being Thankful in a Thankless World

Being Thankful in a Thankless World



This month we celebrate both Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. On Veteran's Day, we are reminded to express our thanks to the brave men and women who dedicated their lives to serve our country. The day of Thanksgiving reminds us to show appreciate for all that we have. But what about the rest of the year? How do we show thankfulness, especially in our world of entitlement, instant gratification, and apathy?

We can not change the people around us directly but as yogis, we can be more mindful of how we express our thankfulness. Here are three simple ways to do that:

  1. As you wake up in the morning and before you even get out of bed, say to yourself, "I am thankful."
  2. As you go throughout your day, add the words, " I am thankful for...." and name one thing. Keep it simple, direct, and don't over think it.
  3. Lastly, set a purpose or intention as you say, "I need to be thankful for..." again keeping it simple and direct. How often do we think about our blessings and worse still, sincerely express our thanks?

Setting your affirmations (I am thankful) and adding your intention (I need to be thankful for...) helps you to be a conductor of positive energy. Think about how acknowledging your thankfulness will impact your life and the people around you. Send it out and see what returns. I thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my words. I hope in some way they resonate with you and you can be a catalyst for change in your home or work environment.