Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to practice the self-love practice of gratitude. Every year I ask my family to go around the table taking turns sharing what they’re grateful for. This year as always I get moans, eye rolls, and similar non-verbal expressions of discomfort. This year as always I also get to hear what all the members of my family are grateful for. We sink down for a moment and take the time to share from our hearts. The jokes follow, but for a moment we are all blessed by the practice of gratitude.
I’m beginning to learn how to use Facebook. Yesterday I wrote about this on my page and was delighted by the response I received. I am not the only one who asks their family to share what they are grateful for. Many people used my page to respond by sharing their gratitude. I noticed that there was a theme: family, friends and health. These may seem like generic responses until we make it personal. When we think of our family members, friends and health our gratitude grows.
The Thanksgiving weekend is almost over, but we don’t need to stop our focus on gratitude. Being grateful is a foundational component to Self-Love. My wish for you is to find things to be grateful for everyday.
Leave a comment below and tell me what you are grateful for.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!
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