So Grateful For The Healing Miracles – 7 Practices To Cultivate Gratitude Today

What if you put down your wounding and love could flow through you freely? This was the feeling state we all left the Santa Fe Retreat with. As we walked with the Holy Mother on pilgrimage to Chimayo, we discovered that healing is not only possible; it can be instantaneous when we open to our innate wholeness that already dwells within.

Stepping out of the car and into the parking lot of Sanctuario de Chimayo, a feeling of peace washes over us, so pure that it surpasses all understanding. This palpable energy was like a healing salve, both quieting the mind and wrapping any and all agitations in a deep unabashed compassion. It is hard not to smile in this energy as it takes you over and renders the small “I” almost obsolete.

As we gathered in circle, we asked from the deepest part of our hearts for healing. The holy dirt that you rub on your body comes out of a simple hole in the ground. At first glance it looks like nothing special, but when one looks with their inner vision, you can see a portal of love so fierce it can literally wash away a devastating illness with one plunge. Three women including me, held the sacred space while each person communed with the holy dirt by placing it on their bodies in the spaces and places where their wounds were, both emotional and physical. Sometimes tears flowed, as the power was overwhelming, releasing a flood of held emotion that clearly needed expression.

That evening a participant told us of her miracle healing. She had been struggling for years with shoulder and neck pain. After five surgeries and very little relief, she was shocked to find that there was absolutely no detectable pain in this area. This was so foreign to her to not be in pain all the time that it took her mind a bit to catch up to the present moment where there was no pain. Another women had open sores on her feet that closed up by fifty percent only hours after placing the dirt on them. 

Of course, these were the physical healings, there were also emotional healings, perhaps too many to mention here.
 What is worth mentioning, however, is that many of us laid our wounded heart down to rest and the high spiritual heart took over. This created a freedom to let love flow in a new unbound way.

Journeying on pilgrimage with the Divine Mother did not disappoint. She is alive and well. She is here for us to heal into wholeness. One only needs to ask and our deepest longings will be answered. There is something so powerful about traveling with a group of committed individuals who hold a collective intention. I feel so blessed to do this work in the world!

7 Practices To Cultivate Gratitude
Here are 7 practices to awaken your natural state of gratitude this Thanksgiving: 

1.   Before your meal, go around the table and ask everyone to share one thing they are grateful for this year. This will uplift everyone and the food will taste better too.

2.   Take everyone on a Gratitude Walk. Suggest that they contemplate as they are walking all the things they are grateful for in their life. Then, when you return home, you can share your gratitudes and experience.

3.   Take a bunch of Thank You note cards and ask each person to write a heartfelt “Thank You” to one person that has made a difference in their life. Provide stamps so they can mail it out. Who knows, you may be the one receiving it!

4.   Write a letter of gratitude to yourself. After all, you deserve acknowledgement also and the more you appreciate yourself, the more you will allow yourself to receive from the universe.

5.   Give everyone at your table a Gratitude Journal. Have everyone write their name at the top of the first blank page. Pass it around and have each person at the table write what they love and appreciate about the person whose Journal they have. When the Gratitude Journal makes its way back to the owner, it will be full of love and gratitude for the person it belongs to. This is a great way to start a Gratitude Journal.

6.   Play Musical Gratitude. This works well with large groups. Have everyone walk (or dance) around to the music. Every time the music stops, whomever you happen to be next to, you share what you are grateful for about them. When the music continues everyone moves about the room until the music stops again. You are now with a new partner whom you share your gratitudes with.

7.   Read a quote about Gratitude before or after your meal or type them up and give them out to your guests.

Here are some of my favorites: “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ?Marcel Proust

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ?Thích Nh?t H?nh

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ?A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ?Elizabeth Gilbert

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ?Maya Angelou

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ?Eckhart Tolle

“To speak Gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact Gratitude is generous and noble, but to live Gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ? Johannes Gaertner

“Being Thankful is the law of increase. Complaining is the law of decrease.” ?J. Martin Kohe

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ? Epictetus

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ?Meister Eckhart

I am so grateful for you. I see the Divine in you. You are a gift to this world. Happy Thanksgiving!

In Love & Gratitude,


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