BY ELIZABETH BLAKE • MARCH 27, 2014
Inspired by Millana Snow’s Get THANKFUL Challenge, I’ve been cultivating more and more gratitude for all the little things in life. My daily (often multiple times daily) gratitude practice is turning into magic! During any moment of tension, anxiety or worry, gratitude brings me to my center, into my heart and back to the truth of my soul. Consciously cultivating gratitude for something simple, sometimes something really small and “mundane,” always brings me back to myself, back to love.
Today, I was in the steam room at the gym after a quick and vigorous workout. As the seasons change, it is a great time to incorporate simple detoxing practices, so I did a series of immersing my body under cold water in the steam. The hot cold hot cold extremes move blood and lymph throughout the body, which supports cleansing and detoxing. As I emerged from the stream of freezing cold water, a woman in the steam room looked at me and said “wow, you are really brave!” and then she left the steam. I stood there, body still shuttering from the shock of the cold water, surprised and deeply touched by her comment.
A yoga teacher of mine once told me that whenever he received a compliment, he would repeat it to himself 3 times in his head. He did this so his body could fully feel the vibrations of the compliment, so he could integrate it into his entire being, and begin to fully identify with the truth of the compliment. So, today in the steam room I did just as he taught me. Her compliment came at the perfect moment because recently I’ve been breaking through barriers of courage within myself, and lately been feeling not-so-brave. So when she said this, I smiled, and repeated it to myself, reminding every single cell in my body that I am in fact brave, and that I have all the courage I need to transcend any fears and fulfill my potential.
I felt a deep sense of gratitude for this woman. Her comment had touched the depths of my soul, at the perfect moment, a beautiful synchronicity of sorts. When I stepped out of the steam room, she passed right by me, and without thinking twice, I said “thank you for your comment, you have no idea how much that means to me right now, it is about so much more than braving the extremely cold water.” She smiled and I knew she could feel my gratitude for her words. Our exchange was beautiful and empowering. Actually sharing and expressing my gratitude for her compliment made the entire experience become so much more than a few simple words, it became magic.
Gratitude is powerful. Practicing gratitude daily is transformational. And expressing your gratitude to others is one of the keys to living a magical life.
To join other women in practicing, supporting and sharing the power of gratitude, check out Millana’s GetTHANKFUL Challenge!
And join me and the SERENE community in cultivating gratitude by tweeting your daily gratitudes and tag #GetTHANKFUL and @SERENESocial. Because trust me, life really is so much better when you end your day by feeling grateful and expressing it to the world!