Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday. I love the warmth and the gathering of loved ones with just one simple purpose in mind – to remember how much there is to be grateful for. Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel uplifted by gratitude everyday?
I just returned from a trip to the Himalayan Institute, where I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait on the topic of “Calming Our Inner Turmoil”. According to Pandiji, our inner turmoil is the direct result of our minds becoming trapped in a cycle of thinking. This endless cycle of thinking impacts our ability to be open to new ideas creating more and more inner turmoil (i.e. “stress”). During his lecture, Pandiji gave one firm recommendation for a strategy to break this cycle, “Remember how much there is to be grateful for.”
According to Psychology Today, Pandiji is right. Developing an attitude of gratitude enhances our self-esteem, improves our relationships with others, increases empathy and resilience, and even helps us to sleep better.
At First Street Yoga, we are grateful for each of you! We look forward to seeing you in a regular class, at monthly restorative yoga on December 1, or at Full Moon Yoga with Singing Bowls on December 8.