“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
The brightness of fall has dimmed around here, many of the leaves are now blanketing the ground, creating a crunchy at times…spongy other times…bit of a walking hazard. The world has turned colder and a little darker. Even so, there is beauty, my friends, we can still find and notice the beauty.
I’ve been thinking about finding that beauty, finding gratitude exactly where we are, and the power that gratitude holds, a bit this week as I walk through my neighborhood and the park and notice the changes in the world. The above quote by Melody Beattie is one of my absolute favorites, and if you’ve ever been in a practice with me, you might have noticed my repetitive nature at the end of our practice…calling all to find something that they are grateful for and to allow that gratitude to walk with them through their week. I deeply believe that finding gratitude in our lives is powerful and has the ability to change our lives for the better.
My dear friends, we celebrate this day of Thanksgiving tomorrow. Whatever this day of Thanksgiving might look like for you…joy-filled and easy or hard and emotionally fraught…or perhaps somewhere in-between, I hope you can sit in a little more gratitude and find and notice the beauty in your life a little more fully.
I am so deeply and fully grateful for each and every one of you, my friends.
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Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!