For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is, “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is, “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us practically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of….we don’t have enough exercise. We don’t have enough work. We don’t have enough profits. We don’t have enough power. We don’t have enough wilderness. We don’t have enough weekends. Of course we don’t have enough money—ever.
It seems like everyone is talking about gratitude these days, so I am going to jump on the same bandwagon as everyone else. Tis the season, no?
Too often in our lives we spend the majority of our time thinking about what we don’t have, or want to have, or need to have, and not enough time thinking about what we do have. That is where practicing gratitude can be so powerful. When we stop and appreciate the big and little things around us that we do have, it brings us a greater sense of joy and happiness. For that moment in time, we appreciate the beauty of reality—what is here and now.
I recently came upon this passage from Lynne Twist, who wrote The Soul of Money, and it filled my heart with sadness, but also a sense of relief because she offers a new lens to look through.
This holiday season, I call upon you to do what Lynne suggestions. Look toward your life as being sufficient, rather than scarce. Practice gratitude, and be thankful for all that you do have, not all that you don’t. Be grateful for the small wonders and ordinary moments, as well as the grand and extraordinary. And if it is people you are grateful for, let them know. Share your gratitude with them, and allow your connection to continue to grow.
Thank you for your continued support.
I know that I go way overboard with my eating habits during the holiday season. Here is what my holidays look like:
It is all so delicious, but always leaves me feeling a little guilty and shameful by the time New Year’s rolls around. Does something similar happen to you too?
Mindful eating is difficult, but if we pay a little bit more attention and change a few small things, we can escape some of the guilt associated with holiday overindulgence. These are some suggestions to try. See what works for you.
At holiday parties:
At holiday dinners:
In the kitchen:
In no way am I suggesting that you try to avoid all those tempting foods over the holidays. Depriving yourself only leads you to want it more, and then when you do have it you feel guilty. Indulge, just do so in moderation, and balance it out with the healthy stuff too!!
Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!