Mindful Moments with Brenda Strausz: Gratefulness and Light

gratitude-ligtness-joy-gratefulnessHow did the rose

Ever open its heart

and give to this world

all its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light

Against its being,

Otherwise, We all remain

Too frightened


Even though it has been a few days since we have enjoyed all the blessings that Thanksgiving brings to our lives, gratitude is something that we should practice throughout our days. Our whole day can change for the better if we focus on who or what brings light into our lives and and who or what we can share our light with.  It is the light that shines within us that brings the most joy. The light that brings out the best in others. The light that warms up a room. The light that we bring to our work, our play, our everyday lives.

Here is a lovely exercise to guide you into gratefulness by Mindfulness expert Elisha Goldstein:

Think of a person or animal who represents light, who represents a loving and kind presence in your life. This can be a good friend who is alive, maybe someone who has passed away, a pet, or maybe a spiritual figure such as the Dalai Lama, Jesus, or even the hand of God.

Take a moment to imagine that presence here, with you, looking into your eyes.

Now imagine that person saying to you, “May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm,” “May you be happy,” “May you be free from fear,” “May you be healthy in body and mind.” You can also create your own wishes and aspirations here.

Now turn toward that person and say that with the same intention to them.

Now imagine your family and friends with you (those who you feel difficulty with and those who you feel more ease with) and with intention, saying those same words.

Take a moment to just feel into how you are doing and whatever is there, just letting it be.

May your days be filled with light. May you give light, receive light and bask in light all your days.

Brenda Strausz is a holistic Psychotherapist in the Metro Detroit area specializing in women’s issues. She combines conventional and alternative techniques to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. She can be reached at www.BrendaStrausz.com or DearBrenn@aol.com

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  1. This is simply a beautiful celebration of life and inner well being. Thank you!

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