I woke up this morning feeling a little battered physically, mentally and emotionally.
The second half of 2012 has been busy....REALLY busy, and there's been a few not insignificant personal shifts occurring.
On these types of days it's easy to slip into patterns of self deprecation and negativity. But one thing I've learned in my own battles with depression and in helping others with theirs, is that when life gets you down you simply need to put one foot in front of the other, and keep on moving.
Something I've always found has helped with this is to form a powerful daily intention. A daily intention that serves as a mantra to motivate and inspire to keep in motion.
As I lay in meditation this morning I let something come to me from within and without. The phrase that formed in this universal conduit was "Today I give thanks for LIFE!"
I'm alive, I have arms to hold, I have feet to carry me forward. I have breath, after beautiful breath, and when the world seems to be spinning in it's crazy, frantic way I can always return to that - breathe in, breathe out...breathe in, breathe out...
"...in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful."
From 'The Desiderata'
Note: As I wrote this post I realised it's Thanksgiving in my second home of Canada. What a serendipitous daily intention!