Karen Drucker’s moving song, “I’m so grateful”, is such a powerful and appropriate song for this time of the year. The chorus of the song is:
Gratitude before me. Gratitude behind me.
Gratitude to the left of me. Gratitude to the right of me.
Gratitude above me. Gratitude below me.
Gratitude within me. Gratitude all around me.
I’m so grateful, I’m so grateful,
I’m so grateful, I’m so grateful ( repeat)
Could you imagine allowing these lyrics to encircle you in your day ahead? Cultivating gratitude helps keep our inner critic quiet. In raising up our gratitude meter we are actually helping regulate our physiology. Living in a state of gratitude aligns with our “tend and befriend” part of our autonomic nervous system, the parasympathetic nervous system. As humans we are hard wired for survival. Throughout the day the other branch of our autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, is getting activated by any number of triggers. Unlike the cave people before us, we aren’t under threat of being eaten by the saber tooth tiger. Instead our sense of self and how we are doing, how we are perceived, how we are fitting in, is under attack.
So as we prepare for our Thanksgiving gatherings, perhaps we can let the words of Karen Drucker accompany us. Showering ourselves with words of gratitude will help create a more positive inner experience no matter what is happening around us!