This is the time of year when the holidays begin to unfold, and it’s well worth noting that as we begin with Thanksgiving, we are in the habit of beginning with gratitude first. How ironic that here is our lesson, since after all, gratitude is the mother of all virtues. Starting from this humble place should help us keep things in perspective. All faith traditions and many mind-body practices encourage beginning and repeatedly coming back to focus on “our blessings.” This is powerful!
The word itself conjures up a slew of “feel good” emotions and quickly shifts our perspective, helping us to recognize the incredibly great gift of life- all the relationships! If we keep coming back to “gratitude first,” then perhaps we can welcome the positive stress and the heavy places in life, embrace the lessons they bring and celebrate all the people we get to journey into life with. Returning to “gratitude first” makes us patient with ourselves, with others and with how life unfolds. Patience is the segue that allows us to be generous with our time, to slow down and be present. Every aspect of yoga practice points us in this direction - building awareness. When we are able to understand that yoga is a spiritual practice, then here at Thanksgiving time, as yogis resolving to always “ look with new eyes” perhaps as we slow down we will find and appreciate the silver lining, Grace.
Thank you for joining us on the journey into life. Thank you for connecting and following us at Essential Yoga Practice (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Amazon)! We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Mona Flynn and Asti Atkinson