For this week, I feel its very fitting to focus on gratitude. This practice may cause you to be vulnerable, which I'm grateful for but I know vulnerability can lead to fear. I also know, that the more we practice gratefulness AND vulnerability the less scary it becomes and the more pleasurable it will be. If you add this simple practice to your daily life I KNOW that your fear will be replaced with love.
Challenge for this week: Add the 3 Grateful to your daily life. Either ask your family at dinner, friends over drinks or message me on this blog but share the 3 things you are grateful for each day. Do this all week long, month long, or add to your daily practice to see if you feel your heart swell.
The Road Grateful
The road has given me so many amazing gifts that it's almost impossible to narrow them down to three grateful but here is my attempt.
Atlas: I would have been DAMN lost without these beautiful papers of directional information. I found, the hard way, that cell phones and GPS are NOT reliable, especially off the grid. I'm grateful that my grandfather, and family, ALWAYS made sure we all had an atlas in every vehicle. I'm grateful for this amazing habit!
Time Alone: The road gave me the gift of seclusion. This was, at first, super scary. Being alone is, well, lonely. But the rewards of having time to yourself. Time to think about life. Time to find out what makes you happy. Time to re-connect with the person we so often don't feel is important, ourselves. The road taught me the importance the importance of having a healthy, loving and thriving relationship with yourself. If we have a healthy relationship with ourselves we are able to have healthy relationships with others. I'm grateful for the compassion, love and support that I embrace myself with.
Compassion: I considered myself to be pretty compassionate before road life but I just skated by. I felt compassion when it was at it's dyer need and only half assed. Through the battles, struggles and hardship of road life I started to feel compassion for myself. I had to. This meant letting go and opening my heart. I found that once I did this practice of self love, I began to feel compassion for others, for nature and for the world. I know it sounds cheesy but it's true. When you feel compassion everything else just slips away, self doubt, fear, hate. I am grateful for the compassion in my life.