This month’s topic from HIW – Gratitude in all Seasons (Heart chakra)
November is always a month that brings Gratitude front and center, and top of mind. Most people I know look forward to Thanksgiving, family get togethers, pumpkin pie, and the kick off to the Holiday Season and Christmas with Black Friday!
I’ve talked of gratitude before, with an emphasis on the specific practice of a “Gratitude Journal” but HIW’s theme this month is more expansive. Gratitude in all seasons. And, my addition, Gratitude from the Heart that knows no season, only love.
I’m minded to suggest that the good feelings welling up in us during “the holidays” would serve us and the planet very well throughout the year, in all seasons, spread lavishly and all around. My apologies if that seems too sugary or evangelizing but I really do think we can be of service by having an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving all year, not just in November.
As always it was hard to choose just one crystal so although I picked Citrine specifically for this month, I thought I’d also take some liberties and choose a stone for each season 🙂
Winter – Selenite – Has a very fine vibration. Cleanses & purifies energy, making way for a fresh start anytime. Helps clear away any negativity so it doesn’t accumulate over the year. Known to promote peace & harmony, for which I hope we can all be grateful.
Spring – Seraphinite – Promotes living from the heart, gently cleansing the heart chakra, opening to love. Allows for a healthy dose of perspective with a lighthearted influence to alleviate unnecessary worries. Opens us up to realize we have more to be thankful for than perhaps we thought.
Summer – Rose Quartz – Assists with any “lack mentality.” Promotes empathy & compassion. Encourages unconditional love with the gentle & nurturing energies of gratitude. A supreme heart healer & opener, always a great choice for cultivating a deeper appreciation of what we have.
Fall – Citrine – Stone of light & happiness. Naturally upbeat & bright, known as the Joy Bringer. Powered by the Sun, Citrine warms, cleanses & energizes the body. Stone of abundance, perfect to have around any time when we express gratitude for all our blessings. Brings clarity to those who wear it, helps manifest anything you want to bring into your life. Activates imagination, bringing more creative visions & a more positive outlook. Promotes inner calm so that wisdom can emerge. Helps in digesting information, analyzing situations & steering them in a positive direction. Doesn’t hold negative energy, never needs to be cleaned. Perfect for Thanksgiving & to bring in light when the nights start to draw in.
There are, of course, any number of other stones to help with, light, vibration, gratitude, thankfulness, and the heart chakra.
Amethyst – Powerful & Protective. Transmutes negative energy into love allows being out in the world protected but with our hearts open.
Apatite – A stone of manifestation, promotes a humanitarian attitude, openness, & social ease. Heals and opens the heart.
Chrysoprase – Allows us to feel part of the divine whole. Promotes hope & stimulates creativity. Aligns our ideals with our behavior. Energizes the heart chakra.
Kyanite – Great stone for bringing a sense of thankfulness as you appreciate the gifts of love & strength of connections you have. Encourages creative & positive energies to flow, giving us a nudge if necessary to shift our perceptions.
Malachite – Brings balance & harmony to the heart chakra & opens the heart to unconditional love. Teaches us to take self-responsibility for thoughts, feelings, & actions.
Sunstone – A joyful & light-inspiring stone. Instils joie de vivre & good nature. Clears all chakras & brings in light & energy. Helps us nurture ourselves. Traditionally linked to benevolent gods, luck, & good fortune. Encourages optimism & enthusiasm, & a positive take on events.
Tiger’s Eye – Promotes strength, courage, good luck, harmony, & balance. Helps us stay calm & focused at busy & sometimes stressful times, so that we can fully enjoy the holidays with our loved ones. Helps us see the difference between what we want, what we need, & what we already have.
Final thoughts:My gratitude journal has changed my life, truly. As a Brit with a naturally cynical & possibly dour perspective on life, the practice of gratitude has allowed me to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that my practice of gratitude allowed me finally to see, believe, and understand, the meme that reminds us: “it’s a glass, it’s refillable!”.
With love, blessings, and much gratitude, till next time. J