Express Gratitude

I write to you with deep sadness in my heart, which I know is shared by some of you and not by others.  As we land on the other side of the election, I draw strength from this practice of yoga - from breathing and moving mindfully, from meditation, from the teachings that remind me to not only stay in the present moment and be with what is real and true, but to also find gratitude for what is still working and positive in my life so that I am not paralyzed by the sadness.  So with that I say to you all, Happy November.  I do in fact love this month, partly because it’s my birthday month and my anniversary month, but mostly because of Thanksgiving.  I deeply love Thanksgiving –  I think it’s my favorite holiday.  There’s something magical about it – and not just because it’s the kick off to the holiday season and all those Hallmark channel holiday movies, which I’m a sucker for :-). I find that there’s a genuine warmth and sweet simplicity to Thanksgiving. I love my family’s tradition of being together – family and dear friends - sharing a home-cooked meal; I love baking and sharing those sweeties with the people I love; I love the feeling of taking care each other.  Love and gratitude seem to fuel this holiday.

As you know, gratitude has become a big part of my practice over the years. I’ve written about it several times, and yet as simple as it is, I find it runs deep in my heart and feels so important and valuable to me as a practice, now more than ever. When I take just a moment, be it at dinner, or at the end of the day, or even during the day when I remember, to offer gratitude for just one thing, it has the power to reset my perspective, shifting me out of negative thoughts or feelings of lacking and back toward a feeling of fullness and richness.  It brings me back to the present moment, inviting me to see and put my attention on whatever is right in front of me at that moment.  It invites me to exhale and let go of limiting thoughts and opens my heart so I feel lighter in my heart and mind. It shifts my outlook so that I can tap into a more positive, productive, clear, open-hearted frame of mind.

As we move toward this Thanksgiving and the holiday season, what are you grateful for? 
Share with us on our Facebook Page!

I’ll be posting every day on the Yoga Bliss Facebook page 1 thing I'm grateful for from now til Thanksgiving. 

If you are interested in making gratitude a part of your practice and would like to join our 
Gratitude=Full Heart Challenge  email me and I’ll send you the details. 

Happy November – I’m deeply grateful to all of you for being a part of my life and our Yoga and Reiki Bliss community.


Peace, Love, and Bliss,
Beth

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