This year, I am so very grateful for many things.
I am most grateful for this one simple, often difficult to come by commodity: Faith. During times of challenge, it's tempting to seek out advice from friends and family. While comforting, it can also crowd your mind with too many conflicting opinions which becomes even more of a challenge for Introverts like us whose brains are already humming with a variety of thoughts.
Silencing the mind can be done with practice and the first step is to surrender. Surrender the notion that you can control a situation or outcome. You can pray, you can write it out or go for a walk. The point is to hand it over, unhook yourself; lay it down because you cannot force your way into resolving something. The answers come when we are quiet, on an average day, doing routine things.
I know. Faith came to me when I had no expectation to receive it. Faith lifted me up, on an average Monday while driving the same road I drive every day. The difference was I was not thinking, I was not ruminating. Instead, I was so thankful to feel the heaviness lifted. Gratitude opens the door to faith.
So on this day of thanks, find time to silence your thoughts. Revel in the stillness, be grateful as much you can so faith can sneak in and heal you when you need it most.
Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.