This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States, a holiday that features a chance to spend time with family and loved ones and take stock and be thankful for all of the blessings that we have in our lives.
Thanksgiving always leaves me feeling conflicted, as I have come to realize that the origin story I was taught as a girl in school about happy Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together, celebrating and giving thanks just isn’t the whole truth and that the history many of us were taught actually hides a much darker side to this story.
But, I also do try to give thanks for all that I am blessed to have and practice gratitude in my daily life, not just around Thanksgiving.
Gratitude, or the act of being grateful, is a feeling that we get when we notice that there is good in the world and that we are a beneficiary of that goodness.
And, that those sources of good come from outside of ourselves, in the form of gifts that we share with each other, acts of service, love and attention we receive, and creature comforts that meet our basic needs as human beings.
One of the most powerful aspects of the experience of a past life regression is the chance to see that you have not always been blessed to have the circumstances and privileges that you do in your life today.
Remembering being poor in a past life, or not having a spouse or family to experience love, or seeing yourself struggle with health issues can help you reframe how you look at your life today and give you a chance to feel tremendous gratitude.
Gratitude is a choice; as we must mindfully choose to pause, notice, and appreciate the things that bring joy and beauty into our lives.
When we begin to open our eyes to all of the good that we have, we begin to invite even more of this good into our experience, which is why gratitude is such a powerful practice.
Just by taking the time to stop and notice the things in our lives that we have to be grateful for brings joy, and this is true when we notice the tiniest of blessings as well as the bigger, larger more obvious gifts in our lives.