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Two woman came into my life recently who are spreading the power of gratitude. This has been a blessing as my anxiety is building between balancing work, events and stress during the holiday season.
THE GRATEFUL GODDESS – SHEILA SORNSIN
I met the “Grateful Goddess” at a lunch workshop at Gangplank. Shelia Sornsin is an upbeat, inspired woman you can’t help but listen to. Her examples of being grateful, even in tough circumstances illustrate how each of us can truly affect our own outcomes.
We did an exercise of closing your eyes and thinking of someone you love very much. Immediately I thought of my son, Syver, and tears came to my eyes. Happy tears that made me feel full of love.
We also closed our eyes and thought of someone who had wronged us. This time I became very angry and everything felt tight. She explained how just by thinking of different things, our body is affected. How we are only hurting ourselves when we can’t let things go.
This is a hard one. I had to take someone to court for not paying for graphic design work that they ripped off and used. In court, he pretended he didn’t even know who I was. I still get pissed when I think of the crap I’ve had to do just to get paid – which never happened.
I’m trying to do my best to forgive and realize that it is better for my own health to let it go. The Grateful Goddess referenced the work of Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher. He found water reacted differently to positive and negative messages. This can be seen in photographs of the water crystals.
Because our body is made of approx 60% of water, it’s interesting to think of how our thoughts, messages and actions can affect our own bodies composition.
Thanks to the Grateful Goddess, I left the workshop feeling inspired to pay closer attention to how my thoughts affected my body. I am making a more conscious effort to be grateful for what I do have.
HEATHER VON ST JAMES
Another special woman that practices gratitude is Heather Von St. James. At the age of 36, and only three months after giving birth to her daughter – she was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma and was told she had 15 months to live. This is an aggressive and rare cancer which is caused by asbestos exposure.
Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon at the Boston based Brigham and Women’s hospital operated on Heather in 2005. Today she is an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma. She believes that “With hope, the odds don’t matter” and is sharing her story with the blogosphere. This is a beautiful video about her journey.
Heather values living in the moment and being grateful every day. In fact, she has set out to acknowledge something in her life that she is thankful for every day throughout the month of December. She has asked bloggers to do the same.
My list is long, so I am going to focus on my support system. I am thankful for my friends and family who are always supportive – no matter what. This has always given me confidence and the strength to try new things and see what happens. I feel that they’re positivity is transferred just like how water is affected by this.
As the holiday season continues to gets more hectic, please take a minute to think positively about what you do have and how that gratitude can be easily shared with others 🙂
What’s one thing are you grateful for?