Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude or Gravy?


There are a lot of articles and posts on Facebook and Twitter this week about what people are thankful for, and that is wonderful to see. We’re so fortunate in this country to have a holiday that causes us to pause and think about what we’re grateful for.

Or is it just a day to stuff ourselves?

Obviously, we all look forward to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional dishes – I’m sure you have your favorite – most likely concluding with a pumpkin pie or some dessert of pumpkin origin followed by a food coma. I know a lot of people look forward to the football games that will be on TV.

Some people just look forward to the four day weekend as a welcome respite from their busy schedules and a time to catch their breath before all the big holiday events begin.

Often we just float through this day as another tradition that doesn’t mean any more to us than any other day off. Some of you may be dreading the obligatory appearance at a family gathering that will be full of stress and drama.

Some of you may have no family nearby, no time or money to get home or perhaps no family at all. I’m always happy to see my California transplant friends get together for an “Orphan Thanksgiving”.

If you have nowhere to go, and you feel so inclined, you could help out at a homeless shelter, feeding those who don’t have much and making connections that will mean so much to someone else. Or you could find an elderly person to visit who would otherwise be spending the holiday alone. You can make this a Thanksgiving to remember if it is your intention is to do so.

Whatever your plans are tomorrow, whether it’s a dinner you’re looking forward to for the company or the food (or both), or if you’ll be numbly counting the minutes until you can leave wherever you are obligated to be, or you don’t have any plans at all – take a moment to stop and think of what you are thankful for. It’s a holiday – you don’t have to work and most likely you have Friday to yourself as well so there should be some time in there for a moment of genuine gratitude.

If you can’t seem to think of much to be grateful for, let me help you – Do you have your health? Do you have a home, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear and food to eat? Do you have people in your life who love and support you? Do you have a job? Do you have a car? Do you have money in the bank? Do you have activities that you enjoy? Do you have a strong belief system that keeps you going? Do you have hopes and dreams for the future?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these – be thankful for that. There is always a blessing somewhere in our lives, even when we think we have nothing. Think of the less fortunate who don’t have the luxury of a traditional meal in a nice home. And I would bet that you would still find that they are grateful for what they do have, even if it doesn’t seem like much.

Enjoy your day, however you are spending it, whomever you will be with, whether you are looking forward to it or not, and make sure to include some “thanks” in your Thanksgiving.

I wish you a day of gratitude, gravy and many blessings this holiday season.
Much love,
Tanna


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Be Responsible for Your Energy

Today is a great day to examine your energy – this high-powered day, 11/11/11, is so fully charged and millions of people are taking to really feel it and make shifts toward more positive thoughts and feelings.

It also happens to be Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to be grateful to all those who have served our country to keep it the land of the free and the home of the brave.

For those of you watching Oprah’s Lifeclass on OWN, you may remember the class that was all about being responsible for the energy you bring everywhere you go. She even has a sign in her make-up room to remind everyone who enters to be responsible for the energy they bring into her space. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone were responsible for their energy?

How often do we really think about the energy we bring with us when we are with others, entering their homes, their workspaces or just their personal space? We know when we feel the energy of those who enter our space and whether it is positive or negative. Or we could say, whether it feels good or feels bad to us. That is a great, simple indicator of what resonates with you on the highest level – does it feel good or not?

This also ties into the Lifeclass about the scientific effects of energy from a physics perspective: What you put out comes back to you. Like attracts like. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It’s the Law of Attraction. It’s not woo woo spiritual stuff, it is scientific fact.

If you’d like a visual to help understand the basic truth and power behind your words and emotions, check out Dr. Emoto’s water crystal photos – a few of which are pictured above. Pretty powerful, isn't it?

It’s always helpful to examine what you are attracting, especially if you’re not happy with it. If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, take a good look at yourself and your habitual thoughts and beliefs. The thing to remember is that the common denominator in your life is YOU. So ask yourself, what are you putting out there to attract experiences that you don’t want and are not enjoying? Many people don’t want to take that responsibility and will even become angry and defensive when the idea is presented to them. They prefer to stay in a blaming mentality and that’s OK – not everyone is ready to understand these principles yet. Hopefully someday they will, for their own sake.

When you do take responsibility, you free yourself from being a victim of the behavior of others and unwanted situations. Instead, you empower yourself to create the life you want with the knowledge that your thoughts and emotions generate the energy you are sending out into the world. Whatever you put out will come back to you in some form or another, so be mindful of your attitude and expectations.

We have become so accustomed to having a knee-jerk reaction to anything we find unpleasant that we lose all our power. We take everything personally and feel that the world is being totally uncooperative and is working against us. The key word here is “reaction.” This usually happens without our even thinking – we just lash out when we feel threatened or unjustly treated. We make it all about us.

When you slow down and become more thoughtful about what comes up for you, and then make a conscious decision to decide how (or if) you want to respond to a situation, you have just taken back your power and mastered your own life.

So if this makes no sense to you and makes you angry, that’s OK, just let it go. But if you want to take responsibility for creating what you really want to attract and experience in your life, learn as much as you can about how energy and the Law of Attraction work. You can stop being a victim and become the master of your reality.

Which feels better?

Much love,
Tanna

Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
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