Well, we’ve spent the whole month of November in my yoga classes practicing gratitude.  The Thanksgiving holiday always inspires this focus annually and it is always met by the students with open arms, minds and hearts.  On the mat, we asked ourselves, “What am I thankful for?”  We noticed what answer came up naturally (it varied from class to class), how that notion came with a feeling and then the invitation was to ‘follow that feeling’ throughout class. 

As we move in and around the asana, there are moments of pure gratitude for the healthy, strong body that brought us to class, but there are just as many, if not more moments of pure disdain and self-criticism.  When we so often fall into that pit of dis-ease, we can reconnect with that feeling of gratitude, the one that is always in place, ever-present and pure in spirit.  One of the many quotes I shared spoke of how each of tends a ‘secret garden’: one of abundance or one filled with a sense of lack. We can notice our own habits (on and OFF the mat) which garden do we tend?  Can we be present in that state of grace daily, or are we only thankful for the good things that come our way?

At the beginning of the month, an assignment was given to practice our gratitude off of the mat.  It was to make a human connection once a day,eye to eye, expressing our thankfulness in that moment.  Like looking at the bagger at the grocery store and thanking him for putting all the cold things in one bag; how helpful that is for when it’s time to unload.  Can you imagine if each of us took one minute each day of our lives to thanks someone; a loved one or stranger for something we appreciate?  What a world it would be!!

I truly hope the Thanksgiving holiday found you full of delicious food, warm surroundings and lots of love.

jane

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melodie Beattie

P.S. In gratitude for my many loyal YP students, I am offering my annual free Womens’ Shakti workshop on Dec. 5th.  Check out the workshop page for more details.  Hope to see you there….