Over the past 14 years, we are so grateful for all the times you have chosen to be a part of Passiflora’s community.
As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, it reminds me that gratitude is a wonderful medicine.
In this age of anxiety, which is sharp, aggravating, depleting and dis-settling, gratitude has the quality of being slow, deep and grounding. Gratitude can lower blood pressure and slow heart rate. It has an Ayurvedic quality of being “sattvic” or pure, making us feel more connected and centered which runs opposite to overwhelm, anxiety, stress, fear, envy, and stagnation.
Our life force energy aligns with what we focus on. When we slow down for a moment to express, record and deeply feel gratitude, we can feel our worries start to melt away, our anxiety dissipates and our grounded-ness increases.
In the moment of distresses in our life, it is hard to remember to express and feel gratitude. However, trying to incorporate it into a simple morning practice. Breathing (prana) and gratitude is a simple “free-bie” in life. Upon arising, find a quiet place and center in on the breath. Breath in “I am”, pause and breath out “at peace”, “grateful”, “abundant”, (you choose what you need). After a few of these breaths, envision 3 highly tangible things that you are grateful for: your warm pajamas, your ability to walk, a dear family member or friend, or that stranger that held the door for you.
Tell the people in your life that your grateful for them. Tell the strangers you meet when you are grateful for them. When I travel and I see other business owners that are brave enough to run businesses or a young worker that out of bed early to make sure I had coffee that morning, this gives me another moment of gratitude, a simple but powerful gift.
And remember that the simple acts of kindness that you show to someone can be their reason for being grateful today.
Self-care is radical and empowering.
Gratitude is an easily accessible form of self-care. It creates magic in each day!
Every time I walk into Passiflora, I feel so blessed to have had each of you in my life.
Have a restful peaceful time with your family and friends over the next week.
We hope to see your smiling face.