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I recently remembered that five years ago when I created my own steps for manifesting, shifting to an attitude of gratitude was my first step.  How appropriate for this holiday of Thanksgiving!  I also realized that sometimes we need a step before we can be in gratitude.  So now we have a prequel to those manifesting steps I created years ago!  And that prequel step is……Acceptance.

Click here to watch my recent YouTube video on the topic, or just keep reading below!

It is easy to get caught up in comparison during the holidays.  It can be easy to wish we were somewhere else, with someone else, doing something else.  I want to invite you to consider that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, with exactly who you are supposed to be with, and doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing.  

This is true even if it’s not exactly where you want to be, what you want to be doing, or who you exactly want to be with.  How do I know?  Because it’s what is happening for you.  Whatever is happening is what is supposed to be happening, because it is happening.  Even if it sucks, it’s happening.  That’s the reality of it.  

Imagine if you really brought that belief, that everything is happening exactly as it should, with you into everyday.  How might things be different?   How might you think, feel, and act differently?  How might those around you benefit?  How might this end up benefitting you too?  How could this end up actually changing your realty in the long run (if your current reality isn’t exactly what you want)?  

Accepting where you are right now does not mean you have to love or like where you are.  Remember sometimes acceptance is radical.  It can be radical to believe that what is happening in the current moment is supposed to be happening.  But once we really accept where we are, then we can find gratitude in the simple things. And remember gratitude is the next step to manifesting miracles.

Social media can quickly take us into comparison.  If you feel that happening, take some time offline in order to truly be present.  You can’t feel the true gratitude that helps you manifest miracles if you are half-in your life and half-in someone else’s.  Be totally in your life this year.  No comparison allowed in this space.

I usually talk about developing a healthy relationship with food around Thanksgiving, since it is a holiday that tends to center around eating.   If you struggle with your relationship with food, please know that you are not alone.  Your relationship with food is reflected in your relationships with others, with yourself, and with life.  And wherever you are in this life journey, it’s totally okay.  My point is, working on your relationship with life will benefit your relationship with food.

So my advice is to be fully present with your food this year too.  Spiritual Teacher and Author Marianne Willimaosn always talks about sending everyone you will meet today love.  I add sending your food that you will be eating this day love.  Be fully present with your food.  Taking time to be present and chew your food is an act of love.  It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us to “rest and digest”.  Try making noises while you eat “Mmmmmmm” also helps activate that rest and digest part of your nervous system.  My favorite mantra is “I love my food, and my food loves me.”  

THAT is a healthy relationship with food, with yourself, with others, and with life.

To summarize this Thanksgiving and Attracting Your Beautiful Life lesson:

  1. Be totally and completely in your life by radically accepting where you are.  (No comparison allowed).
  2. Send yourself and everyone else this day love.
  3. Send your food lots of love.  Mantra – “I love my food, and my food loves me.”  And make yummy noises to help aid your digestion “mmmmmmmm”.
  4. Find gratitude in the simple things

And mostly, I wanted to drop by your inbox today and tell you that I am grateful for you, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those in the U.S. who celebrate.  And for those who don’t, I’m thankful for you too!)

Peace, Love, and Acceptance,