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I wasn’t going to write you another post on gratitude. Why? Because as of 11am this morning, PST, I have received 12 emails on the topic of gratitude. With each one I giggled. With each one I thought, we don’t need more of this. And then I thought to myself, nobody needs ANOTHER e-mail about gratitude. And yet …

And yet … it just seems to be in the air. Whether you are loving or hating the gratitude reminders, they are here for a reason. We are all tapping into something that is collectively present.

The gift that I have been given during my time on this planet is the ability to SEE, really SEE the brilliance in the people around me and reflect it back to them. Working on self-care strategies with my clients is my tool. But truly, my work is about reflecting something divine back to you and giving you permission to see what I see. This is the place that miracles occur, minds are shifted, hearts are open.

And for this I truly am grateful. And so, I’m writing a post on gratitude ;). Because it’s gratitude that pulls you into the very magical present. It’s gratitude that pulls you out of the ego-mind that is ever distracting you and pointing out all the things that are messed up, wrong and could & should be better. It’s gratitude that you can tap into any time of day or night. Even if it’s just for your breath, for the chair that is supporting you. You may not be able to run through a rampage of gratitude from a place of profound sadness. But there is always a hint of something.
Through my own profound cycles of growth and sadness, I have learned the deep lessons and wisdom of cultivating a mindful practice of gratitude. As I think back to some dark moments, I can see how gratitude was always there, even a glimmer of it.

As I sobbed deeply at the lowering of the casket at my father’s funeral, I found myself utterly grateful for my stepbrother who was holding me up physically when I had no strength of my own to stand. Even as I read the words I

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wrote for the eulogy at my father’s funeral, I paused and looked around the room and witnessed an ocean of faces, some family and friends, and others I had never known, who were all there to honor this man who was by no means perfect, but there they were creating a room full of abundance and love. For that I will always be grateful.

Phew, I know this got a bit deeper than I had intended. But being human is not all sparkles and rainbows. And I don’t think it’s meant to be. It’s messy and painful at time. It’s beautiful and joyful at times. Sometimes it’s a big mash of emotions all at the same time. We doubt, we trust, we laugh, we cry.

The question is, are you able to stay present for all of the beauty and all of the mess without closing your heart and mind to it? Either because it’s too painful or too good and you think it’s going to end?

Are you grateful for it all? If you learn to cultivate the seeds of gratitude, even in teeny, weeny amounts … you can crack yourself wide open to the magic and the mystery of what can bloom by being intensely human and divine. If, in the darkness, you can begin to sense the light that is dawning, and still stay present to the moment and embrace it, you can tap into the wisdom of what the moment has to offer you right now. You don’t even have to know what the magic and miracle is. Just know that it is.

So let’s be grateful together. Right now. I’ll start.

I am grateful for this sinus infection, for it’s making me appreciate my health and my ability to breath into my body fully.

I am so grateful for my husband who took over kid duties for the last 4 days so that I can rest deeply. You are my best friend and my soul mate.

I am grateful to mentors (you know who you are beautiful woman), who guide with wisdom and kindness and a depth that has me opening parts of myself that I never knew were there.

I am so grateful for my tribe of women who support me through tears and laughter, who bring sweet treats at unexpected moments, and who make the most nourishing and yummiest potato soup and raw juice I’ve ever had. (Thank you Candace)

I’m so grateful for my beautiful son who plays the piano so beautifully it melts my heart and makes my feel like my work on this planet is SO much about being his mother.

I’m so grateful for my dear sister who is my one woman cheerleader, (and stylist) and has always been. I love you to the depths of the ocean.

I’m so grateful for a warm cozy home that I love to live in and feel loved in.

I am so grateful for this life and the miracles and the mystery that each day brings.

I am so grateful for my voice and that I live in a time when a woman can create a business, travel the world, vote and BE, DO, AND HAVE ANYTHING that her heart can dream up.

Thank you dear beautiful generous Universe. More Please. <3

Ok my loves, it’s your turn. What are you grateful for? LEAVE A COMMENT below and join me in continuing the gratitude journey through the holiday season and beyond.

 

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  • Melyssa Moniz November 28, 2013, 7:40 am

    This is such a beautiful post, Elena, and I was feeling this same gravitational pull towards being grateful. Today I am grateful for being served in so many ways, and having the service being brought to me, because I was willing to open up and ask for help. I was willing to be totally vulnerable and just voice my opinions and feelings around what was bothering me. As a mentor and leader in my industry, I am sometimes shy to ask for help, but I am so grateful that I did open up and ask for help because the moment I did, I shifted my perceptions with the help of some really true friends, and I feel amazingly light and freed to take my next guided steps. I am angel on earth, doing God’s work, so it is important to step up and move out of our own ways! Many of your followers are likely similar to you, or to me, and can resonate with the amazing words of wisdom and encouragement that you have shared, so thank YOU for writing this blog post. Love you!

  • admin November 29, 2013, 3:05 am

    Melyssa,

    Thank you beautiful soul for sharing. It can be quite difficult to ask for help when you are used to doing it all yourself. I’m so proud of you for reaching out and allowing the perception to shift around you.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    Hugs & love you to sweets.
    Elena

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