It's nearly the season of turkey and twinkle lights here in the U.S.
And the season of plans, parties, year-end everything and exhaustion.
In the spare moments between rushing around to fit it all in, here's a simple activity to remind yourself what this time of year is really about.
First, a quote shared by Gratefulness.org. If you aren't already receiving them, their daily emails feel like a meditative practice.
Now, the activity:
- Ask yourself: Who has rekindled your inner light?
- Imagine their smiling faces in front of you.
- Smile back at them. While driving in your car, riding public transportation or standing in a check-out line let a real smile wash over your face and send them appreciation and love.
BONUS: Send them a message thanking them for the role they've played in your life.
THE BEST BONUS OF ALL: Hug them like you mean it.
The bonuses are if you want to take this practice further, but the potency is in the thought itself. Step 3. Your thoughts are powerful - we talk about that a lot. You can do nothing else and a profound change will have happened, within you and them.
These friends, colleagues and loved ones deserve your appreciation. They may have seen you through a dark time or been a constant presence you could count on. Your smiling thoughts and warm virtual or physical embrace could be what they need. More than you know.
Who has rekindled your inner light?
I'd love to hear your stories. Comment below, email me or tag your loved ones on my Instagram post.
Wherever you are in the world and however you celebrate this time of year, know how grateful I am for your presence in the Simply Leap community. Your ideas and encouragement - your light - has rekindled mine countless times.
I'm smiling at you right now.