“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
– Amy Collette
Today is the last Tuesday of the month of November, and also, incidentally, the week of Thanksgiving here in the USA.
It's going to look a little different this year, isn't it?
Instead of a huge family gathering, with multiple branches of the family, it will remain a small, intimate family gathering complete with zoom dessert comparisons.
What will your Thanksgiving look like this year, if you're celebrating? Let me know your favorite holiday dish!
I know that there is a lot of tumultuous history around the celebration of Thanksgiving (linked with the colonisation of the Americas), and I do believe it worth acknowledging that many of our fore-fathers were terrible people. My family was no where near this continent at the time of the initial colonisation, but as a white woman in the USA today, I acknowledge and sympathise with the pain the ancestors of our indigenous brothers and sisters had to bear due to the damn white man.
But I think it also worth noting that the original Thanksgiving feast was due to harmony between natives and settlers. One of the truly harmonious relationships at that time or in the many years to follow.
My point here is that nothing is ever all good or all bad. There are shades of grey in every situation.
And the perception of every situation is different pending who is doing the perceiving.
And you have the power to choose how you perceive the world around you.
Do you choose to experience a reality based on fear or anger?
Or do you choose to experience a reality based on love and compassion.
And perhaps this 45 minute yoga class will help.
From the safety of our yoga mats we explore heart opening postures designed to break the armor around the heart chakra and allow the flow of love in and out.
We try our hand at expansive, more advanced postures, all the while seeking joy in each moment.
Joy in each movement.
This is a class for choosing joy.
Will you choose joy with me today? I sure hope so.
Happy Gratitude Week.