Thankful Body: A Gratitude Activity For Kids (And You, Too!)

This time of year if you ask young kids what holiday is coming up next you often hear: "Christmas!!"

Thanksgiving tends to be forgotten entirely by 3 and 4 year olds because it's merely the gateway to the Christmas Season. 

Yet being thankful is a powerful tool for self-care, personal growth and abundance, and there is no better time to help your kids start this practice than right now.

All this said, it can be challenging to tell a child in words the importance of being thankful.

Today's activity helps them notice what being thankful does to their body - how being thankful can change how you feel. From there, the meaning and importance of being thankful make more sense and carry greater significance...

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Create Your Dream Holiday With These Simple Tips

Last week I was telling a friend about how I feel at ease and prepared for the upcoming holiday season.

She wanted to know how, why and if she could get in on that feeling, too!

So I told her about how in previous years, my boyfriend and I took turns being sick, overstrung and wiped out during the holidays, but last year I decided I wanted a healthy holiday. We made conscious changes and sure enough, it was the best holiday season we’ve experienced in years!!

I was scared at first to turn down all the usual food, parties and gift giving, but the more we told people about our vision, the more everyone seemed to feel at ease.

It was as if we’d been repeating all sorts of traditions without stopping to think if it actually felt good.

And by us saying, “No, thank you,” it gave others the opportunity to do the same.

Here’s what we did...

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Slow down, let go and connect to flow: The simple practice of Outdoor Art

Outdoor Art is a lovely way to spend time with your friends, family, or by yourself. It honors the earth, the greater community and your entire mind/body system within minutes! 

1. CALMS BOTH MIND AND BODY

Being outdoors and creating something with your hands soothe the mind and calm the body (check out this great article by Athleta).

2. PROMOTES A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM

Working in the dirt has been shown to support healthy immune development in kids (more about this in the New York Times).

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What Do You Need To Release To Let Love In

In my experience, in order to really let abundant love into my life, I needed to release old stories, beliefs, expectations and commitments that I made consciously or unconsciously in order to make more space for love.

Our stories create our reality. Here’s how you can help craft your story in a new way:

Step one is becoming aware of the messages that you are saying or acting out in your daily life...

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Where Does Sensitivity Come From?

Why are we sensitive? Where does it come from?

In 1996 Doctor Elaine Aron published a book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to thrive when the world overwhelms you. In it she claims from her research that about 15-20% of the population is born with a more sensitive nervous system.

This includes the people who pick up on subtle details in the environment and from other people; the empaths and, often in turn, the creatives, healers and caregivers of the world. In our culture they might be seen as the wusses, the overly sensitives, the people who take everything personally.

All of this, Aron states, is due to an innate trait that we are born with. To many - me included - this research and perspective is a huge sigh of relief. We were born this way. This is not something we can just turn off or ignore...

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Helping Others Without Ever Helping Yourself

Highly Sensitive People are often excellent caregivers, putting others’ needs before their own. Yet when we help others without ever helping ourselves, it can lead to burnout and resentment.

The wild part, which even I am still learning, is that when we help and love ourselves, then not only do we feel better, but we can actually offer better quality care to those we desire to help.

It has taken me many years and lots of practice to actually make myself a priority, and even then, sometimes life happens and it all falls apart.

A few weeks ago I booked my boyfriend and I back-to-back massages. We both very much needed to feel rejuvenated and at ease, so this was going to be perfect...

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5 Signs You Are A Highly Sensitive Person

Are you a deep thinker? Is it hard for you to be in large groups or over-stimulating environments? If so, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person - and that’s not a bad thing!

I have always known that I was more sensitive, and when I learned that 15-20% of the population is actually born this way, it was so comforting to me. If you are unsure about what being highly sensitive entails and want to learn more, check out these 5 signs that you are a highly sensitive person...

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