Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness1 Comment November 25, 2009 / Posted in Meditation, Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness, Uncategorized
Laura Fine taught me what it means to have an Attitude of Gratitude. Appreciation has been shared by so many patients who have been part of the Healing Hearts and Lifestyle Change Program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. These gifts have been shared so deeply by my family and friends over the years. Today I am mindful of the love of my family as Kip and I visit Erin & John, Allison & Takaki this Thanksgiving here in Boston.
I wanted to share the following blog from fellow Vistage Chair Mary Lore, author of multiple aware winning book: Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World.
Practicing Thankfulness…Even in Difficult Times
As we continue to experience difficult times, it may feel like a tough time to be thankful. Yet practicing thankfulness is one of the most powerful ways to bring about a change in our circumstances. During difficult times, we may find ourselves struggling with thoughts of fear, self-doubt, worry, anger and depression. Besides negatively impacting our health and vitality, these thoughts don’t move us in a direction that serves our purpose — in fact, they make matters worse.
One of the quickest and most powerful ways to create a change in our circumstances is to practice thinking thoughts of thankfulness. Thankfulness is one of the highest levels of consciousness, giving us the ability to see the myriad of possibilities, discover what we truly want, receive ideas on what to do next, and create and realize a vision for the future.
When you practice thankfulness, a physical and mental transformation occurs. Your brain begins perceiving even more to be thankful for. You find yourself focusing on your strengths. You’re smiling. Your spine straightens. The muscles in your face and neck relax and your breaths deepen. Your creative juices begin to flow and you get creative ideas on how to turn your situation around and move in a direction that inspires you.
Thankfulness takes practice, and just one of these practices brings dramatic improvement in our lives, our families, and our organizations.
1. List everything you are thankful for — in your life, career, family, relationships, your body and its functionality, your strengths and skills, your values and personality, your home. If you are a business, list everything you are thankful for with your customers, suppliers, investors, employees, the industry, and specific customers, suppliers, investors and employees. Be sure to find something to be thankful for with respect to what you may be most unhappy about. If we hold contempt for anything we wish to change, we actually block our ability to change it.
2. At the end of each day, work backward and think of everything you are thankful for from that day. Our spirits are lifted when we are appreciative of even the smallest things.
3. Take note of what you are thankful for throughout the day—before or after a conversation, a telephone call, a meeting or a new task, and be thankful for each experience.
4. When you catch yourself thinking a worry, self-doubt, anger or other self-defeating thought, take a deep breath, first exhaling deeply, and ask yourself “What can I be thankful for in this moment?”
5. See what happens!
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To you and to all those whose lives you touch, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness being mindful of all life the world over.
This is especially true for a dear friend of mine, Mike Salomon. He was saved by a Sherpa climber who free climbed several hundred feet up an ice wall where Mike had dangled in an ice storm that left him unable to move up or down and near death. In gratitude for their bravery in saving his life, he has donated a percentage of his livelihood to assisting the village that nursed him back to health.
I am now in Lukla, in the Everest region. The satellite phone and everything else has failed me aat our adopted village of Sewangma.
I bought a new SIM card from some provider call Miro Mobile (it is GSM , not CDMA), Miro mobile has a tower at Lukla and one on Mt Everest base camp. I am on some kind of dail up satellite internet that is super slow.
I haven’t figured out how to use the new SIM card, but feel free to try it
The original school site and plan are a no go, but we have an orphanage school in Kathmandu that I think out client Anderson Construction will commit to (the school could be done in 2 weeks if he decides to fund it) and construction has started on the school trail rebuilding project in our adopted village of Sewangma. The kids are very excited.
I am be in Lukla for 2 days can can check email, so send me any question you have and put “LUKLA” in the front of the subject line.
I’ll be back in Kathmandu on the 27th/28th, so I will be much more reachable then. Might cut trip short and head back on Dec 5th. Might stay/ Might go to Japan .. Hard to say.