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Each week a new theme. Each day 10 minutes to focus our mindset on what matters.
I'm Sarah Parker, Wolf, and you're listening to the FOCUSED INTENTION PODCAST. Thanks for joining me.
This week's theme is “EXHALE” and today is Thankful Thursday, where we focus on gratitude.
Hi everyone and thanks for joining me for another episode of the FOCUSED INTENTION PODCAST. We have made it all the way to Thankful Thursday. Woo, thankful for that. Hopefully you were able to join us for the other episodes under this theme. This week we've already had Motivation Monday and Truthful Tuesday and Well-being Wednesday.
If you didn't get a chance to listen, please go back and check them out. You can also go back and listen to other episodes under different themes. Whatever speaks to you right now is where I would love for you to be, but today's Thankful Thursday. So let's get started.
Well, since we're focused on exhaling this week, I guess we should first be thankful that we are breathing. Inhale Exhale. It's kind of a no brainer on the on the old gratitude scale there, but let's all just take a second to think of one more someone or something for which we are grateful. Now, just thinking about this morning, I can tell you that I am grateful for my new coffee maker. The old one, out of nowhere, ended up with a hole in the bottom of the glass pot. No glass piece anywhere, no sharp edges. I guess we melted it or something which is just weird, but anyway, they didn't sell a replacement carafe. And no coffee in the morning around here that is just a cause for panic. Just put it that way. So when I think of my gratitude for that lovely machine and the drink of the gods that pours forth from it, I feel good. The tension I carry in my shoulders disappears. The corners of my mouth turn upward. In other words, I am able to literally and figuratively exhale.
Now of course there are so many other way more important people and things that I am thankful for but just know it's also OK to be grateful for these little things that make our life nicer. Those little graces throughout our day and throughout our lives that make life enjoyable. So take a minute right now to think of one of life’s small pleasures or delightful conveniences and let's just take a minute to be thankful that it is part of our day.
Those big or small feelings of gratitude can take us from stressed and at a standstill (otherwise known as holding our breath) to a state of being motivated and moving forward with a nice big exhale.
So today we simply focus on this intention: With gratitude, I exhale.
With gratitude, I exhale. What a nice thing to think about...right?...that being grateful makes us feel so good... that being grateful allows us to exhale.
All right everyone, take that nice deep breath in through your nose, hold it. And Lions breath it out. If you're feeling that today, if you were with us yesterday. Otherwise, just release as much of that as you can. Take one more deep breath in. Hold it and then really exhale really push that out. And think to yourself with each breath...
With gratitude, I exhale. (repeated over relaxing music)
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Alright everyone, it's time. Let's go out there, live with intention, love like crazy, exhale with extreme gratitude, and have a great day.