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Giving Thanks

This time of year I hear myself and other yoga teachers talking in class about the “added stress of parties and family gatherings” and “feeling tired and overstretched” and reminding students to “make sure you take care of yourself.” All this is well and true, but we can also take this period of time as we move towards the end of another year to reflect on where we are, and more specifically, to give thanks for what we have.


This time of year I also hear myself and other yoga teachers talking in class about taking the time to feel grateful for all the blessings in our lives. This is also both well and true. Whenever I have the first inklings that I want to throw myself a little pity party, I list the first five things that come to my mind that I am grateful for in my life.


But to be honest, sometimes it’s easy to breeze right through thoughts like “I’m grateful for my health” or “I’m grateful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.” Of course I am grateful for all of those things, but when it comes to soothing my soul, they aren’t always the most effective.


On the other hand, something that works every single time for me, that stops any doldrums or envy dead in its tracks, is celebrating the success or joy of those around me, and being grateful that I get to witness it.


For example, look at these two people:



Look how happy they are. They took this picture right after getting engaged to each other. Just looking at this picture makes me happy, because I get to witness what joy they bring to each other. Celebrating with them puts all self-centered thoughts well out of reach and replaces them with a straight shot of pure joy. Even if you don’t know them – aren’t you happier now for seeing this picture of people in love?


So when you’re making your list of things you’re grateful for this year – see what happens if you shift it up a little and look at the people around you. Find something positive, or affirming, or even simply a learning experience that has happened for a loved one and let yourself feel grateful that they had this experience. I bet you anything it will send your pity party packing.


 Happy Thanksgiving!

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It is always great to hear positive stories than negative ones :)

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