Thanksgiving Collage“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. YOU open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra

Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a perfect time to reflect and connect to yourself and recognize that everything in our lives we have created!  We all have the power to open the door to our own happiness and are capable of living lives we love.  Identifying and naming what we are grateful for, even the simplest things, elevates our mood and our state making us more able to create joy and abundance.

Give yourself 10 minutes tonight to meditate on what you’re grateful for.  What makes your heart explode? What makes you happiest?  If you don’t have a meditation practice, sit in a quiet comfortable place with your eyes closed.  Focus on your breathing.  Take three deep, slow breaths in, and then exhale.  Picture someone or something or a place you love completely– stay with that feeling of love.  Come back to your breath if your mind wanders.  10 minutes is ideal, but if you only have 5 minutes, do it!.  Following your meditation, write a list of all the things you are grateful for from the people in your life down to hot baths, good wine, your health, your pet, where you live, beaches, avocados, all of it- give yourself a full five minutes to write and just keep ’em coming!  Remember, that which we appreciate appreciates — basically you get more of whatever you put your focus and emotion onto– so focus on what you DO love and what you DO want.  You are your own best guide!  Live your best life. xoxoxo