A Day For Giving Thanks

Today, many of us here in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving, a national day of giving thanks. The Thanksgiving tradition originates from the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 on the shores of Cape Cod Bay before permentantly establishing a settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

William Bradford writes the following account of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, in the book Of Plymouth Plantation (Morison,90), “They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well and recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty… All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).”  

Over 200 years later,  during the time of the Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday.

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and a day for giving thanks for all things we have to be grateful for even in the toughest of times but why wait for a federal holiday to give thanks? Give thanks each day.

Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times get overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude attitude”. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for.

Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily practices: say a little thank you when you get up in the morning, tell someone how thankful you are for them, write down three things you are grateful for each night before going to sleep.

“Gratitude is expressed as a primary emotion. It is a state of mind translated by the brain into complementary neurochemistry that is secreted into the blood stream. The chemistry of gratitude energizes the body and releases a wave of euphoric sensation, a sense of harmony with all that is.”

Dr. Bruce Lipton

Why not make gratitude your default attitude? What are some of the things you are grateful for today? I would love to hear what you came up with. If you feel like sharing please drop a comment in the comment box below. 

May you find the beauty of gratitude held in each day. 

Work Cited:

Morison, S.E, editor.  Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 William Bradford.  Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. 

 

A Dare to Follow My Heart

It’s hard to believe that Tuesday, 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time, the fifth and final volume of the 365 Book Series was released! It seems just like yesterday, I wrote and submitted my first three pieces to Jodi and Dan for 365 Moments of Grace, the second volume in the 365 Book Series. Now four years later,  I have written and submitted my final five pieces published in 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time

Becoming a contributing author to the 365 Book series has been such a big part of my life and something I looked forward to each year since I accepted a dare to myself to follow my heart, my intuition, and Divine guidance to make one of my childhood dreams true.  It was the beginning of my writing career, creating life-long friendships and so much more!

I am so grateful for Jodi and Dan following their own hearts and soulful messages that led to the creation of the 365 Book Series and all the goodness they have brought to my life through the book series.

I would like to share one of one my pieces with you in the hopes that it will inspire you to follow your own heart towards making your dreams come true too! 

 

A Dare to Follow My Heart

by Isabella Rose

My heart cried out with joy as soon as I saw the Facebook ad to become a contributing author, but my ego mind quickly took over with false belief systems programmed into my mind since early childhood: “You can’t do this. You aren’t good enough. No one is going want to read what you wrote.” But I somehow summoned up enough courage to follow my heart, intuition, and divine guidance and reached out to Jodi about my interest in contributing to the 365 Moments of Grace book. It was a dare to myself, as deep down I truly didn’t believe they would respond, never mind be interested in publishing my writing.

They did respond! I was so surprised when I eagerly checked my email and saw she was interested in my ideas about what I would like to write about and would love to have me join as a contributing author. But then I started to second-guess myself as my self-doubt and self-sabotaging mechanisms began kicking in. “Now what I am going to do?” I thought as I began making up excuses as to why I couldn’t do it: “I can’t afford it, I don’t know how to write, I will never be able to meet the word-count requirement, and no one will like my pieces.”

Despite all these false belief systems, excuses, and doubts, I did it! I accepted that dare to myself and signed up to be a contributing author. I am so glad I did. It was the beginning of my writing career and making many more of my dreams come true. I continued as a contributing author to the 365 Book Series, stepping more and more out of my comfort zone with the love and support of Jodi, Dan, and our 365 author community, growing and expanding with each one.

Now I am about to publish my first two solo books. I didn’t realize at that time just how much that dare to follow my heart would change my life.

 

You can read this piece along with 364 more soulful messages (including my other four pieces) in the book, 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time.  Our book has over 200 authors who have come together to share our hearts and souls in this inspirational and uplifting book created by Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck.  You can purchase your copy on Amazon here.

I invite you to take a few moments to yourself to quiet your mind and connect to your heart and your soul. Tune in and really listen to what they have to say to you. What makes your heart sing out in joy? What dreams do you want to make come true?  What is holding you back from making them come true? What steps can you start taking towards make those dreams come true?  After you have received your message, take an inspired action step today towards making them come true. What are you waiting for? I dare you to make your dreams come true too!

the Healing Power of Love

The Healing Power of Love

Right around Christmas time 2014, I asked my late aunt and the Universe to give me the courage and strength I needed to learn to love myself and take my power back from those whom I had allowed to control or hurt me. A few weeks later, I set that as my full-moon intention; and so began my healing journey of body, mind, and spirit to break the cycle of trauma and abuse that ran throughout my ancestral lines for generations.

Over the next 22 months, I would change the way I viewed myself and the world around me and take the biggest risk I have ever made: to allow love into my heart.

I slowly learned to love, accept, and approve of ALL of me – both the light and dark aspects of myself and my past. As I did, I began shedding the layers of masks I wore, and the fortress of protection I had spent a lifetime building around my heart began to crumble away. I had worn these as shields to prevent myself from feeling the continual hurt, judgment, repeated abandonment, disappointment, and betrayal by loved ones from happening again and again.

With the love, support, encouragement, wisdom, and guidance of my sisterhoods and the man who would break open my heart to allow love in, I replaced the outdated false belief systems – that I am not lovable, good enough, worthy, or deserving of good things – with the knowing that I AM.

I saw that I had the same beauty inside and outside of myself that I saw in others and nature. I was no longer afraid to share my rawness, vulnerabilities, and Truth (my divine and authentic Truth rather than the truth of the false belief systems I once perceived to be true). As I began trusting more in myself, intuition, and divine guidance, I gained confidence and began feeling more comfortable sharing my spiritual gifts and talents, which I had kept locked inside since early childhood. With the healing power of love, I began to make my childhood dreams become a reality.

“The Healing Power of Love” was first published in 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments that Changed Everything (DandiLove, 2017)

A Gift I Will Always Treasure

One afternoon, while talking to Bowana and hand-feeding him some fruit and nuts (two of his favorite treats and something he had learned to say from our daily visits), I noticed that one of his wings had dropped slightly. I told my parents about my observation and concerns about my childhood friend and family member and continued to monitor his condition.

 

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