“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts
I am thankful for this moment … and this one, too. And, I am thankful for each of you who share your Yoga with me.
I wanted to share last week’s Yoga class blessing with you. I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.
Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.
Feeling Blessed? Here’s a cornucopia of gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …
Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction from 2011: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1
Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of that 2011 Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2
Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, from a class in 2012, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful
In 2013, I revisted Albert Schweitzer’s wisdom in “Thanksgiving Yoga: Rekindling Our Light”, click: Rekindling Our Light
And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of a Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice in 2010, click: I Give Thanks
I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the stealthy way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.
May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving …