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A Gratitude Break… Just In Time For Giving Thanks

Terri-Cole-head-shot-120711Thanksgiving is a week away, so let’s set the intention to be grateful — the true meaning of the holiday. To start you off, let’s take less than two minutes right now for a gratitude break.

Take a seat, gently close your eyes, and begin to breathe deeply. Start to think about all of the things that are right in your life right now.

Let’s start with your physical body. Be grateful for your eyes, and all they allow you to see. For your nose — all you get to smell. For your mouth — all it allows you to taste and who you get to kiss. Go down your entire body, and be grateful for how it carries you around. How your feet do everything you ask of them. How much work you do with your hands. Give thanks to your healthy body right now.

Think about all the people in your life — your relationships, your heroes, your champions, the people who always have your back and unconditionally support you and your dreams. Feel the feeling, in the center of your chest, of gratitude for them being in your life.

Think about the experiences you have had — a vacation, a trip, a job you love. Feel the feeling of graciousness in your heart.

Take two deep, releasing breaths. Carry this feeling with you throughout the rest of the day, the week… throughout the holiday season and beyond.

When Challenges Arise

Oftentimes, when we are ill or going through a breakup or other difficult time in our life, we can lose sight of what is right because what is “wrong” seems so overwhelming and time-consuming. Release the fear and draw your attention to what is good, whatever it is. Maybe it’s having Internet access so you can research treatment options online. Maybe it’s the food on your table, the friend, the opportunity to find a job that fulfills you more. Whatever it is, find those people and things that add value to your life and be grateful.

As many of you have read, my sister Tammi recently had a liver transplant due to liver cancer. While she is still healing, she continues to focus on all the parts of her body that are healthy, on the young donor whose life was lost and who gave her a second chance at life, and on her family and friends who are raising money and awareness and sitting by her side, listening to her worries and fears while holding space for her healing.

Personally, I am grateful to have not only one, but three sisters. I am grateful for my health, my husband, our children and grandchildren, my warm home, my mom, my nieces and nephews, a career that lights me up everyday. I am grateful to all of you, who read my posts and watch my videos. Who send positive energy out into the world. Who offer kind words and support to my family, me, and others around you, whether they are friends, family, or complete strangers. I thank you for being right here, right now.

Thank you.

What are you grateful for? Share in the comments section. Let’s build this page as a place where anyone can go to feel gratitude!

I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving and, as always, take care of you.

Love Love Love

Terri

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Terri Cole, founder and CEO of Live Fearless and Free, is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and an expert at turning fear into freedom. For almost two decades, Terri has empowered companies, celebrities, professional athletes and individuals to Live Fearless and Free. Follow Terri on Twitter @terri_cole.

  • Dr. Kristen Precht-Byrd

    Gratitude has been scientifically linked to happiness! http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-make-yourself-happier. I keep a daily gratitude list, and it really helps keep things in perspective. Gratitude rocks!

    • terri cole

      Couldn’t agree more! <3

  • Guest

    Thank you for your insightful post. I’m currently doing a 30 challege on facebook to post what I’m thankful for each day. It’s been a struggle because I don’t want to be shallow. But you’re right, being thankful for the simple things is not shallow. I’m thankful for my health today. I have a minor issue that I’ve been focusing on and it was getting worse. I took action earlier this month and things are better. So I’m also going to focus on what IS healthy in my body, not what is NOT. It’s been an amazing day for me today and it’s only 10:40AM!!!

    • terri cole

      Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! <3

  • esh

    I am grateful for my wonderful family and sisters, whom I cannot thank God enough! Thanks for sharing!