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Mindset transforms grateful into great-full

Marianne Klancke " A Sense of Community

Let us, here in Grand County, gather together to give thanks.

I, as a life coach, am a great proponent of gratitude and celebration for both individuals and our community as a whole. Thanksgiving, the holiday, the attitude, and the practice, not only honors what is significant in our lives, but also exemplifies a basic coaching principle that serves to actually create the life experiences about which we have such great desire and appreciation.

We know that the Pilgrims suffered much strive and gave thanks for surviving their life threatening challenges. If you are reading this article, you, too, can be thankful for surviving life.

Wahoo. For being fortunate enough to be living in our beautiful environment and experiencing our stimulating community – double and triple wahoos.

That wonderful wahoo-feeling indicates a powerful physiological process that literally transforms grateful into great-full. These thankful wahoo-sensations send us signals of our expanded awareness about topics of importance and value to us. Our great experiences can literally fill our thoughts and grow with our focused energy. Here is how this great-full process can work.

Your body’s sensory system can only absorb a very small portion of all that the world has to throw at you. Incoming. When you consider every sense, happening, and piece of information that we could input 24/7, it is a wonder we do not explode. It is exactly for this reason that our bodies have been equipped with brain filters that block out billions of incoming sensations and welcome in only small amounts of whatever.

What is this special whatever our brain-filters pick out for us?

The vastness and variation of the gathered individual whatever is, for a large part, what we choose it to be. That’s right, you are in control. The essence of what fills our brain is the fascinating bits and pieces of our own personal, significant fancy and focus.

We all have created our own unique filter focus by declaring (part consciously and part automatically) those elements that either possess value to us or pose a threat to that which we value. Dependent upon their relative importance to our declaration of value, sensory messages are either ignored or admitted. This miraculous selective function of our brain is called the reticular activating system or RAS.

Once our chosen topics of value are in the brain, this focus determines how we sense and experience life. Our RAS works diligently to feature our desires, all those elements that we have determined to be our private priorities and points of interest. You choose it and sensory significance will come.

Herein shines the beauty of thanksgiving and gratitude. When we choose specific thankfuls (new word) to be the honored messages accepted in our brains, we then hear, see, smell, think, feel, act, experience and expand these grateful sensations.

Knowing for what it is you give thanks and have gratitude is an integral part of you succeeding in that which is significant to you and your community. As soon as we conceive and speak of the primary interests that stimulate our gratitude, we are telling our brains and all other interested parties those goals on which we will be focused and committed in the future.

By all rights, the RAS function of our brains is nothing less than a life saver. We could not possibly sense, think, know and eventually tend to all that is possible. In addition, RAS is a hidden treasure that most of us, individually and in our community groups, have not really discovered to its full potential.

Everyday you can choose a feast of gratitude which will in turn become your own vital awareness and significant life experiences. Everyday you will be amazed at the incoming resources and new treasures of information, now available to you, that previously have been left in the reject bin by your RAS. Suddenly, you will be flooded with awareness and insight about the very subjects you have declared to be your best thankfuls.

When interacting in and about your community, bring to the table this same RAS mental magic. Declare, as a group, those elements about which you give thanks and about which you will naturally give your attention and energy. If we collectively focus our gratitude for Grand County’s powerful people, magnificent lifestyles, and spectacular environment, we then will create community goals and commitments for that purpose. Thankfulness is a wonderful way to know our sense of community.

So, I say again. Let us give thanks. Let us declare the subjects of our gratitude to our brains and to our community so that we will be, forever, immersed in the sensations and sense of our thanksgiving.

” Marianne Klancke is a certified life coach and group development facilitator hoping to stimulate positive interactions and actions with productive communication. Your questions and insights concerning these discussions on coaching and community are welcomed.


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