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Letter from Publisher: Gratitude Attitude

Nov 01, 2020 09:47AM ● By Amber McKenzie

by Amber McKenzie

I offer my gratitude for the safety and well-being I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the blessing of this Earth I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.

This meditation is November’s Inspiration feature (page 15) by renowned author and mindfulness expert Jack Kornfield. I decided to add my own twist to this beautiful meditation by offering an attitude of gratitude to the big challenges and life events that I would typically shun or discard—knowing full well it’s the hard stuff that carries the lessons and reminders that this life is all about. Here’s my list of what I am reluctantly grateful for:

I offer my gratitude to fear and anger for reminding me that my shadow self is still active and invites healing.  

I offer my gratitude to mistakes and failures for the divine re-direction they allow.

I offer my gratitude to illness for forcing me to rest and renew.

I offer my gratitude to damaging belief systems that reflect who I am not and make room for the truth of who I am.

I offer my gratitude to 2020 for unearthing darkness and bringing it into the light so it can transform.

I offer my gratitude to political upheaval and polarization for exposing humanity’s darkest shadow qualities and our desperate cry for love.

I offer my gratitude to death for the simple truth that we are not our body, and this physical life is temporary and extremely precious. 

As we enter fall, the trees remind us about the importance of letting things go, while winter reminds us that in the quiet and stillness, growth is promoted… What is yours to let go? Can you sit in the silence and allow the quiet to work its magic within? What are you hesitantly grateful for this season? And if the world doesn’t respond the way you (or your ego) think it should, can you come back to center—back to your own inner Truth? Can you move forward on your life path and do the work that is yours to do? Or simply be the you that the world needs most in this moment? These are all the questions I’m working on now, into the New Year and beyond. Wish me luck.

May November’s issue fill you with health, hope, gratitude and light, and may this month surround you in gratitude and kindness—for yourself, and one another. As always, I honor and respect your unique life journey with its ups and downs, highs and lows and I give thanks for this journey we are on together.

With Love,

Amber


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