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Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past. 

We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network. 

There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.

Angela Mazur

GRATITUDE

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!