Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

“Gratitude  is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse  to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that  impulse.”~Henry  Van Dyke

Giving thanks is not the same as having gratitude and appreciation. Having gratitude and appreciation is about embracing, owning and “having” those things which have manifested in your life.

Gratitude is the inner feeling. The receiving and acknowledgement, if you will, for those things you already have. Having gratitude and appreciation is an inner expression of peace and contentment. In every sense gratitude and appreciation are vibrational messages felt deep in your soul that have the ability to shift your perception from negative to positive.

Giving thanks differs in that by giving thanks you are expressing in words and/or by deeds that which you feel inside. By giving thanks in any form whether it be a simple, heartfelt, verbal “thank you”, shouting thank you from the rooftops, writing a note, donating your time or money to help those less fortunate or saying prayer you are showing your gratitude and appreciation.

Often we are silent with the people we love. Often we do not thank those for whom we have the deepest gratitude and appreciation for and other times we do not give back as much as we probably should. Why do we hold back the heartfelt thank you s? Why do we not express and show how grateful we are every day? Only you can answer the question; Are you thanking those who mean the most? Are you giving back a bit of what you have been given?

Thanksgiving is truly a time to visit your inner world and find gratitude and appreciation for all that you are, all that you have, and for those who helped you with lessons along the way. Say thank you to those who may not know how grateful you are. Give thanks for your abundance. The greatest expression of living in abundance is giving. Many are struggling right now and your thanks-giving might be the very thing they need to find hope and a moment of peaceful joy. Even silent giving says thank you to the world but it is still important to say thank you.

“To  give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must  go.
Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”~Victor Hugo

Giving thanks brings balance to gratitude and appreciation. Say thank you for what is on the inside! Why not make it a daily practice? Start now and by the end of the year you will create a beautiful habit of thanking those you are grateful to!

I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to all of YOU. To my family, friends and readers, my gratitude and appreciation is endless and I thank you for filling my heart with love through the love and support you’ve shown me. Thank you for reading and sharing and caring. We are creating a healing vibration that cascades out and touches others. Thank you with all my heart! Happy Thanksgiving! Bountiful blessings to you and yours!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE; Unlock the Door to Abundance and the FULLNESS of LIFE!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we  have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,  confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a  stranger into a friend.”~Melody Beattie

Gratitude is a powerful energy. Having gratitude and appreciating all that you have and all that you are is the first step toward creating space for more happiness, joy and increased abundance. Gratitude shifts your awareness from negative to positive. Gratitude gives you hope. Putting it out there by writing a few things each day will change your life in ways you can’t imagine!

Gratitude for what you already have helps bring your energy into present time and unlocks the potential for bringing in MORE! A daily practice or “gratitude journal” is a powerful tool for change. You may already have “lists” of what you’re grateful for but when you begin each day by stating and writing down what you are grateful for you put a chain of energy events in motion. Think of it this way; Gratitude is you seeing the glass 1/2 full instead of 1/2 empty.

Are you validating or invalidating what you already have?

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter  everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how  we experience life and the world.”~John Milton

Having gratitude for what you already have validates that you can (and are) having what you have. How can you possibly make space for more if you are not grateful for that which you already have? In fact if you are not grateful for what you already have you are invalidating the gifts of abundance which already exist in your life. Having what you already have validates and honors you as a creator. Invalidating or thinking “it’s not enough” or it’s “not good enough” keeps you in a state of lack. The truth of the matter is that if you aren’t grateful for what you already have it will never be enough or good enough!

Gratitude is an inside job!

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy  and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”~Eileen Caddy

Growing and expanding is always done from the inside out. Gratitude is about seeing the positive and the more grateful you are the more positives you will see. The more positive you see, the more positive, happy and empowered you feel! The more empowered, happy and positive you feel the more you give and share. The more you give and share the more blessed and abundant you feel which leads to even more abundance and gratitude. This chain of events begins the moment you put the energy of gratitude into play. Gratitude not only has a direct effect on your life but the lives of those around you. In essence it turns what “you have into enough” and turns “enough” into more!

30 Days of Gratitude Challenge

It’s important to give gratitude every day and there’s a way to start! I’ve created a Facebook Event so we can all work the energy of gratitude together. There IS power in numbers after all! The beautiful daily status posts are inspiring and give you even more to be grateful for in your own life! To join the 30 Days of Gratitude Status-A-Day click here. You don’t have to “like” the page to join in (although I would certainly be grateful if you did 😉 ) Just join the event and start posting at least one Facebook status every day stating something you are grateful for. If you are not on Facebook, please post your 30 days of gratitude in the comments on this blog or on Twitter tag @spiritlightmuse and use the hashtag #30daysofgratitude. Feel free to share and add friends. Join me for 30 Days of Gratitude status-a-day!

So to you my beautiful friends I want you to know how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m grateful and blessed to have you in my personal and virtual life! I’m grateful you read, share and support my work. May each of your journeys be filled with an infinite abundance of gratitude, love, joy and happiness! GRATITUDE ROCKS (see the picture on this post)!! ~Shine Your Light Debbie

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