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Gratitude Practice

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” Melody Beattie

With Thanksgiving 2020 around the corner, we find ourselves caught in a time that is out of synch with what we expect it to be.  It is hard not to wish for something different.  It is hard not to ask “when will this end.”  It’s hard to be in this moment and to be expected to be grateful. 

As I was searching for quotes about gratitude this one pulled at my heart…”Gratitude…turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.”  But, what exactly is gratitude and why is it so powerful?  Gratitude by definition is a feeling that emerges from our experience of something positive.  Things as simple as an unexpectedly warm fall day, a beautiful sunset, or the kindness of another move us toward the subtle and sweet feeling of gratitude. 

It can be hard to feel grateful during difficult times.  Yet, in the words of Buddhist Jack Kornfield, “Life keeps recreating itself and presenting us with miracles every day.”  Everyday miracles like being able to see and talk to my daughter who is literally 1,000 miles away – even if it is just on Zoom!   

I hope that this Thanksgiving brings you comfort and peace and a toast to all that makes you grateful.

Namaste, Carol

PS – Our 10 am Thursday Zoom Hatha Yoga class is on for Thanksgiving day!  Please email me at [email protected] or firststreetyoga.com if you’d like me to send you the Zoom Meeting link.