By Ashley McGuirk
It’s already Thanksgiving week and we all have so much to be thankful for!
I don’t know about you, but there are so many things to be grateful for in my life starting with family, friends, a place to call home, good health + more. Like most families at Thanksgiving, my family goes around the table giving each person a moment to share what they’re especially grateful for this year. I’ve always loved this tradition because it gives me a moment to reflect on all the wonderful things that have occurred in the last 11 months. It’s also refreshing to hear all of the wonderful reasons people feel grateful.
This year I plan to share I am most thankful for the obvious, my baby boy Keegan, but also my yoga practice. I’m choosing to share my yoga practice because it’s played a huge role in my life the past five years. As I get older, the years seem to become shorter with each season lasting for only a blink of an eye. Even though time feels like it’s racing by I can’t help but feel loads of gratitude for where I am at this very moment. I’ve never been happier in my entire life. I’m sharing this with you because I give a lot of credit to my yoga practice. Obviously, it took more than just practicing yoga to become content and more at peace, but practicing yoga definitely played (and still plays) a major role in my life. I personally feel the reason I’m happier is because yoga has taught me the importance of living in the present. By living in the present moment, I realize how much more at ease I feel. I don’t feel as anxious or negative and I find that I approach situations with more of an open mind. Living in the moment also helps me remember more. Instead of getting distracted by the past or the future I find myself focusing on that very moment, which is something I cherish especially now that I have a son. So, thank you, yoga, for helping me stay in the present moment. I am so thankful for yoga, where it has brought me and the amazing community its created for me. I suggest you take the time to reflect on where yoga has brought you. It’s a fun activity to think on and who knows? Maybe you too, will share how grateful you are for your yoga practice at the Thanksgiving table.
Although sharing our gratitude for one thing at the thanksgiving table is a wonderful tradition I often think to myself, “Why do we only say what we’re grateful for on Thanksgiving? Why don’t we practice gratitude more often?” So, I’ve taken the liberty of putting this practice to work by writing down five things I am grateful for every single day. I recently adapted this practice into my morning journal within the past year. I started writing down a variety of things that I was grateful for each morning and it really began opening my mind to all of the amazing things I should be thankful for every day. For example, from one of my past entries this summer, I wrote down how grateful I was for my eyesight. I felt so grateful to be able to witness the sunrise, the bright blue sky, my pregnant belly, my adorable dog etc. I feel like I too often take my eyesight for granted and so taking the extra two minutes to practice gratitude had me feeling all sorts of happiness. I highly suggest you adapt the same practice within your daily routine. Simply draw five bullet points and write down the first five things that come to mind when you think of your life and what you’re most grateful for. Challenge yourself by writing down different things each day. You’ll be amazed how wonderful this exercise can be.
All of us at Razz Yoga hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Namaste.