There are so many things in this World that contribute to our lives that cannot be seen. Some things can be heard, like laughter and song. Some can be felt like wind. But some things are harder to pinpoint, like the energy of a person or place, or the thoughts in your mind. While these things may be invisible they leave visible tells that they are present. They leave emotions that can be felt and observed and they influence our actions. Depression can be one invisible invader in our own or our loved ones lives that requires seeing the invisible and reading between the lines to assist. But it is not as strong an adversary as some may fear. It can be conquered head on, especially with help and support from the loving people in your life. I have struggled with this darker side of my thoughts over the last couple weeks and I had resisted witnessing it because I felt that as a newly engaged gratitude coach I should somehow be above or immune to these thoughts. Instead, by denying these thoughts I actually delayed overcoming them. Today I turn to face them. Today I practice seeing the invisible, witnessing my thoughts- all of them- and feeling the energy that is behind them so that I can navigate my way back to the loving arms of joy. I am a witness to these feelings. I am a witness to the thoughts behind them. And now as a witness, I release those attachments and judgements to them. I'm grateful to give myself permission to accept this place as a part of my perfection. I'm grateful to know I have the strength and power of choice to work through it. I'm grateful to believe in myself and to honor the times in my past when I have navigated my way out of similar feelings. I'm grateful to know that depression is a result of being out of sync with my needs. I'm grateful to make the commitment today to focus on myself and commit to regaining balance. I'm so blessed and grateful for an amazing fiancé that is my steadfast supporter. I'm grateful to make the choice to laugh today. It can be easy to get caught up in stress and let it carry over into other aspects of life, interrupting sleep and adding more stress. It can be easy to stop these cycles too, if you are willing to recognize them. Having a daily gratitude practice has been proven time and again to reduce stress, improve sleep, and improve not only lifestyle but quality of life. I'm calling on my own practice now, in action. I'm so grateful to have such a solid practice to assist me in times of challenge. I'm so grateful to be open and acknowledge what I am facing so that I may witness the invisible and shift it back to light. I already feel the light returning. What challenges are you facing that you have been keeping to yourself? Who in your life could you share this with, gaining support, and allowing love to return? I know that sometimes it may feel like there is no one, but this is not truth, this is the result of the pain you hold. Know there is always help. Reach out to those around you, a hotline, or even to me. Love is always waiting for you. Thank you for joining me today. Thank you for the outpouring of support. Know that it is received with love and appreciation! May your day be blessed with witnessing the invisible in your own life. May you find your way back to loving light and balance. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.