“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow”. -Melodie Beattie
Today’s practice is simple. GIVE THANKS. Give thanks for all the people and experiences that have taught you how to love bigger and better. Some “teachers” have come in the form of blessings, allies, luck and birth. Others have shown up in calamity, resistance, enemies and death. But all them have taught us something about love, and that is all that matters. So let us be grateful for the whole of this beautiful, wild, often-infuriating life and know that it is conspiring to make us more whole and hearty for the path ahead.
Here is my GRATITUDE SLAM -
Thank you to my mother. No one has given more selflessly to me and my siblings and pretty much anyone else she has touched. She is the embodiment of seva and is a gift to this world.
Thank you to my sister for being the wisest woman I know.
Thank you to my brother for being a model of what it is to be a strong, mindful man.
Thank you to both of my fathers for encouraging me to not be afraid of my power and to become the strong, out-spoken woman that I am today.
Thank you to my sisterhood, for whom, I would NOT have survived this moment in my life. Thank you for standing with me in the mess and mopping it up and laughing hysterically and NEVER shaming me for my ridiculous choices in love and life. There is no stronger bond in my life right now than the women who surround me and I am beyond grateful.
Thank you to my alliance of cohorts, partners and collaborators…many of whom I “recruited” without forewarning. Thank you for standing with me in this vision. Thank you for believing in the possibility of a radical, transformational movement. And thank you for believing in ME, even despite my self-doubt. You remind me that I have nothing to fear when I am on purpose.
Thank you to my teachers for modeling how to hold space, inspire change, call people up to their highest self and get out of the way of greatness.
Thank you for this community of individuals, practitioners and leaders who are waking up to a new way of being. Who are committed to engaging from a place of curiosity, compassion and courage. And who are stepping up to make this world a better place.
Thank to the “strangers” I have met along the way who have been perfectly positioned to shepherd me along somehow.
And thank you to my higher power for always holding me in sacred space despite my messy, awkward and perfectly-imperfect moves and for always pointing me in the direction of growth and purpose.
Thank you and I love you.