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This morning, as on most Thursdays, I went to my child’s school cathedral assembly. It was themed or dedicated to the Harvest Thanksgiving.Children walk into the cathedral bearing gifts and we sing a thanksgiving hymn. Then a guest speaker (a founder of the local homeless charity) gave a talk. Since 2016. they haven’t missed a day to walk through the 4 main streets of town, talking to the homeless and giving out food and other essentials.

I was in tears. I felt humbled by her generosity, by her compassion and her dedication to the cause. It reminded me that, in spite of my every day worries and fears, I should be more grateful. Much more than I am.

Scientists say that a feeling of gratefulness actually re-wires our brain into a more positive mindset! You might say that it is only natural to fear for our survival, as it’s a primal emotion. It is deeply embedded into our psyche, into our DNA. However, shouldn’t we also put things into perspective and knowledge that we are here and now, doing just fine? It is thanks to our ancestors who were born survivors like us. It is also thanks to ourselves for doing our best and never giving up hope for the future. Because, homeless have nothing but hope, clinging onto it for food, shelter and an occasional glance and a word spoken to them.

Hope and gratefulness should never leave us. They should always be there to balance things inside of us, so that when fear and worry come creeping in, we can say to them:’No, thank you. I am just fine.’

Some crystals that promote feelings of gratitude and appreciation are: Apatite, Tiger’s Eye, Pink Sapphire and Rose Quartz.

 

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