As we find ourselves in the few days following Thanksgiving weekend, it is an opportune time to take pause and consider our own personal gratitude.
What are you thankful for? What things in your own life fill you with gratitude? YES – make a list!. If it is simply one thing then let that one thing wash your whole being with thankfulness.
Of course, we love our gatherings and our turkeys and mashed potatoes and stuffing and pumpkin pies (all delicious)…but we all know the true meaning of Thanksgiving stretches far beyond the dinner table.
Taking pause to appreciate all of the wonderful things in our lives is truly a gift we can give ourselves anytime. For those of you who practice yoga, we may find this gift more often. Each time you step onto your mat is an opportunity to settle in stillness, find the breath, and then truly connect to the moment. However even if you don’t practice yoga, you can still access this connection in many ways.
Perhaps its by simply taking a moment each and every day to be still with your thoughts or even extending that to meditation. Another way one can direct the mind towards gratitude is to notice the mind – in times where you find yourselves focussing on negativity or the bothersome things in life, redirecting back to all of the wonderful things is a beautiful tool. One of the intentions I have been working with in my own yoga classes is sort of a soul cleaning for the fall involving the following statement: “Let go of that which no longer serves you.”
Maybe Thanksgiving, where we take a moment to be thankful for various things in our lives, is also a good time to let go of those other things which no longer bring us joy, happiness or contentment.
The one thing we know is that life is too short – too short not to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives. Yet, also too short to hold onto things that no longer bring us joy.
Until next time, in gratitude