Last Sunday I participated in a virtual gratitude retreat. This was a first for me. I had never been on a virtual retreat before. It was a two hour retreat and the other four women and I were connected via telephone. The retreat was led by Coach Mary Olk and Coach Michelle Burns and they did an amazing job. I was struck by how they created a sense of place where we were all gathered in a warm, cozy room with a blazing fire in the fireplace, natural light streaming in through the large windows which overlooked a beautiful natural setting. We started by lighting our candles at the same time and setting an intention for our retreat. We wrote about what and who we are grateful for. There was a guided visualization that centered on gratitude for our bodies. As Michelle guided us on our journey where we thanked each part of our body for the work it does, I noticed that a sense of peace and awareness came over me. I felt focused, present in the moment, calm, peaceful and in touch with my body. After the visualization, we all got off the phone for 30 minutes to reflect, write, draw, walk, whatever called to us in that moment. I spent my time answering some questions Mary and Michelle had given us and reflecting on the guided visualization. Here are a few of the questions. How do I embody gratitude? Who am I when I am grateful? How do I express gratitude?
Here are the gifts I took from the retreat. I am so grateful for the people in my life, family and friends, the daily blessings that come my way, the ability to express my gratitude in a joyful, appreciative, positive manner every day and the affirmation “I have everything I need today!”
What about you? What are you grateful for? Who are you grateful for? Who are you when you are grateful? How do you express gratitude? How can you embody an attitude of gratitude today?
Wishing each and every one of you a Joyous Thanksgiving!