So I am going to get a little reflective here on you guys on this beautiful Thursday morning, and then I promise that we will get to the gorgeous smoothie recipe taunting you above, okay? Sound good?
When I was recently asked by GTsKombucha to join them in Sharing Gratitude for their 20 year anniversary and the release of their newest limited-edition, raw, organic kombucha flavor , which just go happens to come in a beautiful screen printed bottle, and is loaded with delicious, fresh-pressed, root-based vegetable juices, turmeric, carrot, and ginger (MY FAVORITES) I pretty much jumped at the chance to give it a try. Not only am I a long time Kombucha lover, but I also tend to sprinkle turmeric and ginger on just about anything so it seemed like a match made in heaven.
The more I got to thinking about their campaign, the more I starting turning the thought in my mind about what it means to have gratitude for something and what it means to be greatful. When I actually began to stop and think about the two words, they actually evoked very different associations for me.
Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Grateful: Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
After reading over the definitions and reflecting on them a bit in one or two hot yoga classes, I began to realize that at least for me, gratitude is something that we have within us, and it is something that we are able to share with the world. It is a quality of choosing to respect and honor one another, our bodies our friends, our family, our planet, and it is the ability to choose to have appreciation, love, and kindness for what the world has given us. Gratitude is something which I believe so many more people tend to struggle with finding in their lives, and yet it is so central to our ability to be kind, and overall happy.
Being grateful on the other hand, is more of an act or feeling that is associated with some level of kindness, or thankfulness, however at least for me, it doesn't seem to run as deep as the quality of having gratitude. In many ways it is much simpler to show that we are grateful, we say thank you, we buy presents at birthdays, and Christmas, we send a get well card when a family member is sick. But do those small acts of kindness, and gratefulness ultimately lead to possessing a deep quality of gratitude?
I honestly am not truly sure, and I think in many ways I am continuing to work my way towards finding a deeper sense of gratitude in my own life. It is why I choose to fuel myself the way I do, its why I have chosen the career I have, it is why I believe I have such a strong calling to the ocean, to my heritage, to my love of yoga. Gratitude in my mind is about sharing more than yourself, it is about being able to look deep inside you and find pieces of the world that have been shared with you, and choose to share them back.
I have no idea if any of this is making sense to any of you, but hopefully my reflective Thursday morning ramble at the very least has gotten you thinking about what it means to possess gratitude. And with that I will leave you with this delicious smoothie bowl recipe, which personally I have done quite a bit of reflecting over while eating this past week.
Sharing Gratitude GoJi Ginger Berry Smoothie
- 1 Frozen Banana (small)
- 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Frozen Blackberries
- 1 tsp Matcha Powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 cup Ginger and Turmeric GTs Sharing Gratitude Kombucha
- 1 tsp Goji Powder
- 1 scoop
- 1 tsp Goji Berries
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp Almond Butter
- 1 tsp Raw Blueberries
- 1 tsp Raw Cacao Nibs
- 2 tsp Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Place all ingredients into blender, and blend until smoothie is smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a bowl and top with my recommended toppings or any of your choice.
- Share with your friends and family, and enjoy
Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with GT's Synergy Drinks for their sharing gratitude celebration, however I was not compensated and all opinions and content are my own.