November 4

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 4: “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ― Amit Ray

Are you breathing? Begin with that on a gratitude list. There are a lot of things we do all day, every day, without having to think about them.

Those are gifts, they are really miracles. We have lived lives of decadence and decay, emotionally, morally, ethically, spiritually and physically.

No matter what happens during the course of the day, we are blessed and have SO many things to be grateful for and about.

The world is still spinning, although we did nothing to make that happen. The sun came up and went down at the times it was meant to do so. People were born, and people died. I am grateful for them all.

I cannot mourn or grieve when I express gratitude for what IS, not look back at what WAS. This takes a great deal of pain from my day!

If I am busy living with what is going on around me in this breath, I will never be depressed about what is NOT there. If I am busy with living in gratitude for who is here right now, I cannot miss who isn’t here. And I have NO anxiety about what is going to happen or could happen or might happen in the future. It takes practice to do this.

I find that gratitude is the best path to perfect mindfulness. If I sit in that, I have no time to be sad about what has gone before or worried and stressed about what is coming. Okay!

And I love, love, love to breathe! I love to practice all the different forms of breathing I have learned in my nearly 50-year yoga practice. What a gift it is to know how to calm my mind and my heart, along with knowing how to increase my heart rate when I am feeling sluggish or tired.

Wow! And my body loves oxygen and replenishment. And it gets that from knowing how to breathe! This is great! And when I focus on the gift of breath, it is also the medicine (in Native tradition) of my favorite creature… dolphin! Woo-hoo! Something more to be grateful for and about.

The list goes on for so long, I can write these pieces all day. But, my gratitude is calling me to go out and manifest it into physical practice… See ya! Just breathe!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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