Best Holistic Life Magazine Fall 2021

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T i r e d b u t g r a t e f u l

“I’m grateful for you being here with me now, and I’m grateful for you when you’re not with me. ”

It’s 6:30 am and even though I do know people who are awake before the rooster crows, 6:30 is still early for most. My client's face lights up my screen with her infectious smile and we begin our formalities. She informs me of her challenging night's sleep and then proceeds to make the assumption that I must always sleep like a log. “Why do you think that?” I ask. She responds by telling me that it’s because I’m always happy even early in the morning. “You must get a solid eight and a half to nine hours a night”, she adds. Now, as much as I would love to say that I get a solid eight hours every night, I simply can’t tell you that. I do get myself into bed with the hopes of eight hours, most nights I am successful, however, it doesn’t always work out the way I intend. In fact, last night I slept roughly three, maybe four hours in total. She asks, “aren’t you tired?”. Sure, but I’m also quite happy, and even though I didn’t get much sleep, I still had a good night's rest. I could tell she was about to ask me how I do it, how do I wake up happy and not frustrated because of limited sleep, so I asked her if she would like to know my strategy, she nodded yes. When I’m laying in bed and I’m not able to sleep, I practice gratitude. I’m so grateful for this comfortable bed. I’m so grateful for our peaceful neighborhood. I’m so grateful for our house which protects us from the elements. I’m so grateful for my wife’s health, and so on. There are people in the world who would love to be awake on a king-size bed rather than trying to find comfort on cardboard. I’m grateful for my bed. There are people who live with gunshots ringing through their neighborhood throughout the night and would do anything for a night of peace. I’m grate- ful for peace. There are people who don’t even have a roof over their heads. I’m grateful for our home. There are people whose significant other is struggling with health concerns. I’m grateful my wife is healthy.

I go through everything in my life with a fine-tooth comb. Whether it’s the items in our house from big to small, or the people in my life, the ones who love me as well as the ones who challenge me, I am grateful. As I go through everything I’m grateful for, too immense to list, without fail I fall asleep. I may fall asleep for 30 minutes, or three hours, nevertheless I fall asleep. If instead of repeating all of the things I’m grateful for I thought about things that lead to worry, I wouldn’t feel so happy when I wake up. My tired body would be accompanied by a tired mind. Worrying tires the mind, whereas gratitude fuels the mind. Gratitude is the combination of three powerful expressions; thankfulness, contentment, and joy. Think of the last time you felt gratitude, were you anxious or peaceful? Most likely you were relatively peaceful. These three individual expressions that comprise gratitude carry with them a high vibrational frequency, and the higher we are able to vibrate the lighter our body becomes. Worrying carries with it a very low vibrational frequency which is why our bodies feel heavy or stuck when we worry. If you’re not sure what you have to be grateful for I would suggest you start with the fact that you are able to read this article because you can see. Become joyful, thankful, and content that you can see. This is how you start. The more you practice, gratitude will become a celebration of your life and the more we celebrate our life, the happier we become and the happier we become, the more we will have in our lives to be grateful for and the more we have to be grateful, the more we can celebrate. Gratitude extends throughout my day, whether my gratitude list is long or short, I always find something to be grateful for. I’m grateful for you being here with me now, and I’m grateful for you when you’re not with me. The more you get to knowme, you’ll come to understand that you are always with me, and for that, I am grateful.

I love you all.

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