Sometimes families are not easy and the holidays can make that painfully obvious. Emotions run high and stress is an all too common (and unhealthy) reaction. But there is no escape. You love these people and they are an important part of your life. With a conscience, positive effort you can avoid those holiday pitfalls and family fallouts. There is an old Chinese saying that is especially relevant around the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The saying goes – “Most disease comes from things that enter the mouth, most trouble comes from words that leave it.” The first part is easy to understand. When you eat whole, natural foods your body is healthy and your mind is clear. The second part is where most of us do not pay as much attention. Many of us have experienced regret for things we have said or did not say. And now many of us are starting to realize the power our thoughts have on our lives.
Thoughts are a vital tool in creating the reality we experience. Thoughts create our emotional state as well as affect our bodies and our overall health. And thoughts become our words. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and a healthy mind is fueled by positivity. So, focus on being positive and honest when you express your thoughts, feelings and ideas.
When you go to the table for Thanksgiving remember that Chinese saying. Eat a meal that is whole, balanced and nutritious. Enjoy each bite. Savor the experience. Remember that the real meaning of Thanksgiving is gratitude. Be mindful of what goes in and what comes out of your mouth. Focus your attention on what you are thankful for, who you appreciate in your life and express it to your friends, family or loved ones before the meal begins.