Lots of folks are trying to boost their immune system lately. Eating healthy and exercising can strengthen it, but how about this simple gratitude practice?
I have been feeling a little blue today–the first time in a couple of weeks at least–and felt guided by Spirit to try this.
Take a piece of paper and list five things you’re grateful for.
I named two special friends, a walk on the road, and conversations with my mom, daughter and son. (Guess that equals six.)
Then I sat quietly and felt the first friend’s energy in my body. I could locate a warm glow near my heart as I thought of her. How very much she means to me. How delighted I am to have a friend like her.
Instead of just thinking and simply saying the gratitude words–try feeling them in the body. Extend the feeling-glow of thankfulness for five, ten, twenty seconds. A minute would be lovely! Breathe into the body-feeling of the friend’s spirit, allowing gratitude to fill the chest, the torso, maybe even down to the toes. When finished, sweep your eyes gently from left to right a couple of times. Maybe even roll the shoulders.
Doesn’t this feel wonderful?
I then pictured the second friend and felt the warmth of gratitude and appreciation radiating in the body. Breathed into the heart. Imagined the friend’s face (as much as possible). The body relaxed, softened, sighed. Ahhh, dear sweet friend, thank you for existing and shining light into this day!
A few minutes later offered thanks for the lovely walk on the road. Brought back the sense of wind on the face, snow in the ditch, boots, winter hat, dried ferns and wildflowers. Felt the gratitude in my heart: thank you, thank you, thank you. For legs and health to walk. For beautiful nature all around. I could feel the wind in my lungs, the gratitude surrounding like sweet nectar.
Then I called back love for my mom, son and daughter (and our rich conversations) and and felt the luminescence of appreciation fill this body. The heart whispered muchas gracias, merci, grazie, oh yes.
This gratitude practice–I am sure–soothes and heals and strengthens the immune system with spiritual glow. The white blood cells, antibodies and lymphatic system sing with the melody of grateful waves of connection and love. (Even Mayo Clinic says so: To improve your health, practice gratitude. To learn more about gratitude research click here.)
What are five things you’re grateful for today? And let me know if you try this body-centered heart-gratitude practice, and how it feels. I want to remember this always. To allow gratitude to fill up any empty tanks with golden glow. To know it’s healing rivers upon rivers flowing throughout the immune system.
Day 14 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.