Our columnist talks about the comfort of gratitude in a changing world
Christmas this year is likely to be a time of reflection; there is much to absorb about our changing world and our changing lives. Since we watched in relative denial as Wuhan went into lockdown a year ago, most of us reassured ourselves that this could never happen to us. How wrong we were. During the past nine months most people’s lives have changed so much. There have been many losses: lives; liberty; livelihood and to some extent, laughter. But during these hard times it is more important than ever to adopt an attitude of gratitude and appreciation.
In Chinese medicine this is the work of the Heart energy and gratitude is an important function to help develop stronger heart capacity and connection. I have struggled with Christmas for many years; I love the connection and the slowing down and getting cosy, but I struggle with consumerism, waste and pressure.
This Christmas my focus will be on quality, simplicity and most of all gratitude. Gratitude is part of my FERTILE thinking method, the ability to focus on all the gifts we have and not to focus on our losses. When we focus on these things we will immediately connect to the heart and will feel soothed, safe and held.
Creating a sense of safety for ourselves is more important now than ever before. May your hearts be filled with gratitude this Christmas
Emma Cannon is an integrated women’s health expert, registered acupuncturist and author. Check out more of Emma’s fantastic work at emmacannon.co.uk
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