Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, we get to celebrate food and put our attention on the people and things we are thankful for. It is my favorite holiday.
I used to have a ton of anxiety on Thanksgiving. I wanted have fun, but I was afraid of being bad, eating food that wasn’t good for me. To different degrees over the years, I would worry about what I’ll eat before, feel stress while eating pie, potatoes etc, and then beat myself up after.
Now my desire is to enjoy my Thanksgiving meal freely.
It is my intention to feel good about everything I eat before eating, while eating and after I’m finished.
Joy, satisfaction and appreciation aligns improves our digestion. These are powerful positive vibrations that connect our mind-body system leading to to increased physical and psychological wellbeing.
Good feelings don’t just stay in our mind, messenger molecules instantly transmit their effect to the body’s 100 trillion cells, creating new brain cells and new pathways and brain patterns. The practice of gratitude has even been found to change our gene expression in a positive direction.
I realize I can choose what to eat and how I feel about what I eat. IT IS MY CHOICE.
This is my approach…
Before the Meal
The morning of Thanksgiving I imagine eating everything I want freely and enjoying it completely. I think about how delightful this experience is going to be. And then I take a moment to think about my body, my intelligent body of trillions of cells each of which knows exactly what to do.
I compliment them collectively for their ability to maintain the continuity of my body. I speak to my cells lovingly and say to them “I know you know what to do. And I know that you have the ability to deal with whatever it is I give you and I that you have the ability to utilize the energy from it and give me feelings of vitality.”
I feel appreciation for the cells of my body and the food that I’m going to be eating and those who prepared it. And I am so looking forward to this time with my family.
This is called vibrational pre-paving by Abraham Hicks. It sets me up with the intention to feel good.
During the Meal
While I’m eating, I do my best to enjoy my food and the people I am with. I engage all of my senses, seeing the beautiful dishes, smelling the incredible aromas, tasting the different flavors and textures.
I appreciate being together with my family and friends. I appreciate each person’s unique quality.
I feel love and gratitude for the entire experience.
After the Meal
After the meal if I find myself say “oh you ate too much pie, or you really shouldn’t have had that second helping of potatoes” I notice what I’m doing and stop. I get to choose what I think.
I realize judging myself doesn’t make me feel good. I notice I am being unkind to myself. I don’t have to do that. I can choose a better feeling thought.
As soon as I hear myself judging what I ate, I realize I want to be kinder to myself. I can choose to be kinder to myself. I tell myself to BE NICE. I realize my body is magnificent and can handle whatever I give it to eat as long as I don’t get in the way with my negative chatter.
I send my body love and appreciation for everything it does for me every day without me even asking. I feel grateful for all the people in my wonderful life.
If I’m still beating myself up I’ll Tap (EFT) using Ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono)
the ancient Hawaiian prayer made up of four powerful phrases: “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” It promotes taking responsibility for everything in one’s life. It is a powerful energy of forgiveness. It allows us to let go of being mean to ourselves or anyone else.
Enjoy every bite of your Thanksgiving meal. Do your best to love yourself whatever you eat.
If you deprive yourself of something you want to eat or if you eat something and feel guilty your body is under stress, digestion shuts down.
Choose the food you like and like what you choose. This automatically raises your vibration and improves your digestion. Your body will process anything you eat better when you’re enjoying it. Treat yourself with kindness no matter what. It’s the key to health, happiness and freedom.
Count it as a successful day of eating when you say, with everything I ate today I felt good, before eating it, while I was eating it and after I ate it.
The goal is to feel satisfaction and appreciation. When we feel good about our body, good about ourselves we are in alignment with our TRUE SELF. By directing our awareness toward gratitude and satisfaction, our entire mind-body system is automatically oriented toward greater health and balance. EVERY GRATEFUL MOMENT MAKES ME HEALTHIER.
While Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, it is my intention to notice and appreciate things that are delicious, fun, beautiful and satisfying all day, every day.
When we do, we’re happier and healthier. We shine our light on others wherever we go. It makes them feel good too! We’re doing our part to make this a better world. That’s the power of joy and appreciation, it’s amazing.