Thanksgiving is approaching and my thoughts have turned to reflect on the abundance that we all experience in our lives. With a sense of gratitude for my family, my health, as well as material possessions, I am so incredibly grateful. Now more than any other time in my life, I see how living openly, honestly, and offering myself as an instrument to help serve others has shifted my life in a positive manner. If we all could start by first practicing kindness and compassion to ourselves, we will open up from the inside out. Examining our habits and offering forgiveness to others who we feel have wronged us takes courage and strength. But the positive repercussions of offering forgiveness by far outweigh the negative consequences that lie ahead if we hold onto past troubles with family members, friends, or even political figures, celebrities or people whom we have never met.
Especially during this time of Thanksgiving, we must recognize the fragility of life and take other beings we have cast out of our hearts back into our lives. We need to tap into our inner-most strength to find compassion and kindness to draw our enemies back into our hearts. For example, we must take people like the President, the news media's favorite criminal of the moment, or anyone who has wronged us in our past and draw them back into our heart. It matters not whether we agree with the person's policy in office or if we think their behavior is such that they deserve to be treated with love and respect. We and others around us will benefit if we chose to behave in way that lifts the vibration of all beings to a higher level.
I was raised at a young age to honor and protect all beings, no matter how small. Trees were sacred living creatures whom my sisters and I were taught to respect. Spiders were just as important as we were instructed to carefully shoo them out of our home without hurting them. How would your mindset change if you handled all the issues/situations, and people in your life with this sense of ease? I'm challenging you today to offer LOVE and understanding without judgment to all beings, regardless of how they treated you in the past. The past is just exactly that, the past. It's over, so get over it. Use your knowledge and delight for the goodness of life to move forward and bless all things.
Your behavior is a reflection of you. Make your reflection rosy and sweet. Savor each moment in life by drawing your enemies closer as you draw each one of them back into your heart. Believe me, you have plenty of room for all of them at the Thanksgiving table this year so let the invitations roll! I have often realized that although I try to be kind to myself and others, often times I keep many people at an arm’s length distance, in order to protect myself from getting hurt. If this sounds like you, invite those people whole-heartedly back to your Thanksgiving table as well. Life is one great big holiday celebration at any given moment if we relish and find awareness in each moment.
If you still need a little encouraging, practice this exercise below with your eyes closed and your heart open. Repeat the phrase at least three times either out loud or to yourself:
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful.
May I be happy.
With gratitude for all the many blessings in my life, I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
Amy Fecher RYT
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Five Seasons Sports Club - Power Vinyasa Yoga - Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 AM
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