…not that we serve pumpkin pie every day. Or Turkey. Three-quarters of a BILLION pounds of turkey consumed each year in the US is already a lot of turkey. That’s so many animals…
However! It is possible to sit down, solo or with others, every day, and bring our own individual consciousness to focus on everything we feel deserves appreciation.
It’s really a very satisfying feeling to let in.
Despite the negativity biases of both our brains* and the media, there’s so much more that’s going RIGHT than there is going wrong in the world – we just have to decide to pay attention to it.
And when we do, when we shift our collective focus, studies of mindfulness meditation and of history have shown us that incredible, quantifiable things can happen.
Personally, since I’ve found ‘appreciation’ to be the best mental backdrop to keep me pushing forward and staying positive, I have made it my goal for this quality to become my default state, something I sink back into. It’s kind of an interesting mind-game to check in with your own mental state. I remind myself to revert to gratitude – rather than anxiety or impatience with my situation, which are too easy and too tempting to have as defaults.
I recorded some of the reasons I am thankful when I wrote about the premature death of friends, as well as in this Instagram post, and to those lists I’d like to add a special note of thanks: to all of you, my readers and champions, who respond to updates, cheer my progresses large and small, help me with commuting to therapy studios as well as fundraising, and most of all, give me a YUGE amount of positive energy (which, again, is actually a measurable thing!).
I know I’m a darn lucky guy to have such incredible support.
Huge thanks and a big…
*If you’re interested in evolutionary mechanisms for neural negativity bias, check out Rick Hanson. He’s a well-known author and mindfulness meditation guru with some great thoughts and lectures on positive self-awareness.