A full heart=GRATITUDE!

Dear friends  - What a magical time of year this is.  We are transitioning ever closer to winter, and the wonder that is the holiday season.  No matter what is happening, or how old I get I can’t help but feel the tug of excitement and anticipation of this season: being with family and friends and celebrate; enjoying yummy foods; feeling the warmth, joy, and sense of fullness this time of year evokes – mmmmm.

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to return to NYC to share yoga with some of my long-time students and friends.  For me, it was the most heart-warming and magical day.  We all met at a friend’s studio, unrolled our mats and began class as if we had just had class the week before.  What a joy to see everyone moving together, breathing the same breath, exploring their practice with mindfulness and curiosity.  We all shared a similar language of body, breath, mind and heart.  My heart swelled during Savasana, knowing that our time, for now anyway, would soon be over.  But the feeling of fullness and buoyancy in my heart has lingered now for weeks, and I’m so grateful to all of you for that.

Practicing gratitude has been something Jonathan and I have been exploring for the past couple of years.  And for me it is a practice, as I tend to get caught up in what’s not working or what isn’t right…aka what’s not the way I want it be.  In its simplest form, every night before we go to sleep, we write a few things we are grateful for in our gratitude journal. It might seem minimal and even trivial, but we are into our third journal and I have to say that I feel lighter in my mind and heart when I go to sleep.  Knowing that I can find even one thing to be grateful for, even on my most challenging days, has the power to shift my perspective, so that I’m not constantly focusing on what was hard or challenging, or what didn’t work out the way I wanted it to; it shifts my mindset and moves me out of the negative self-talk I can so easily fall into; and it shifts my outlook, so that I can look towards the next day in a more positive, productive, clear and open-hearted way.

With this practice in mind, I write to you all to say that I am incredibly grateful to all of you.  .  My dream of teaching yoga and sharing it in my own way would never have come to fruition if it weren’t for all of you. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and offer my deepest gratitude.

As we move into the joy and wonder of the holiday season,  I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving - may it be filled with love, laughter and all that is dear to you.

Peace, Love, and Bliss,

Beth

Beth

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