Happy Black Friday! Baby M and I celebrated by staying at home in our cozy pj’s and playing/snuggling all day. I used to get a big kick out of the craziness at the mall, but now I am much happier staying out of it. Meanwhile today I am thankful for YogaVibes. I just signed up for their free 15 day trial of unlimited full length yoga videos. This afternoon I practiced Anusara style yoga with North Carolina-based teacher Sarah Faircloth. It was a slower paced hip & heart opening class with positive words and vibrations.
While browsing through the blog at YogaVibes I stumbled upon Alex Jamieson’s 28 Day Enlighten Challenge. Alex is the lady from the popular documentary Super Size Me. She’s also a holistic counselor, author and natural foods chef. Her challenge starts today with the task of eating one meal by candlelight sans technology, magazines or otherwise distractions. Her Enlighten Challenge is free and can be found on Facebook. It sounds like a great way to end the year with love and inspiration.
Are you up for the challenge? What are you grateful for today?
27 Things I am grateful for this week:
- The cool breeze on this beautiful fall day
- Baby snuggles
- Yummy bagels from our local shop down the street
- The smell of sweet potatoes roasting in the oven
- A splash of vanilla syrup in my coffee
- DVR- no commercials
- Having a quiet moment to myself
- My new husband
- Hash browns
- Baby M still has blue eyes
- Splendid leggings (see through but oh-so-soft)
- Pinterest holiday inspiration
- A cute yoga studio nearby
- Friends that “get me”
- Bike riding
- Sandy toes from a walk on the beach
- Yesterday’s coffee date & chitchat with Mom
- Dirty Chai at EcoBean
- Organic goodies at Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater
- Smiles from strangers when they see Baby M
- Travel memories
- The excitement of the holidays
- The freedom of choice
- Access to information
Some things may be silly while others are serious, but all that really matters is to begin each day with a grateful heart. Melanie Greenberg from Psychology Today writes
Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice. It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.
Gratitude is pretty powerful stuff.
What are you grateful for today?
I’ve fallen a little behind on a month of gratitude, but not because I’m not thankful. Last Saturday M and I finally tied the knot after a long courtship (8 years) and a baby. I am so thankful we celebrated together with our closest family and friends. I’m thankful for all the love and support we received leading up to and during the wedding. I’m grateful that my amazing friend and her hubby were able to take Baby M for the night. He was even asleep when I picked him up in the wee hours. I’m happy everything went off without a hitch. I’m glad we got to relax the next day at the beach (where the pic below was snapped). I’m grateful for sunshine and gorgeous weather. And last but not least, I’m grateful for my relationship with M.
What are you grateful for?
This was in my email inbox this morning from Dhyana Yoga. It sounds amazing and I really wish it was on a day I could make it (I’m getting married on the 9th!). Regardless, I am thankful for the yoga community and all of the wonderful teachers I have had the chance to learn from. Even though the days of 90 minute practices seem so far away, I am grateful for the tools that yoga has brought into my life.
Yoga for Mothers
w/ Hannah Tsapatoris MacLeod
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Dhyana Yoga SEVA Center
Geared towards mothers and fathers of small children who are seeking ways to incorporate their yoga practice into their parenting, this 3 hour workshop will involve Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Journaling & Discussion. We will use breath to find patience and meditation as a tool to control parental impulses. We will be discovering a path to non-violent forms of discipline. Through this discovery process, we’ll create ways in turn, to teach our children how to use these techniques as well, in order to help create compassionate, sensitive, non-violent humans. Students are asked to bring a mat, a notebook, an open mind and a willingness to explore their hidden potential.
Investment :: $30
Thankful to have my mom’s love and support this week as I get ready to say “I do” on Saturday
(That’s me and her 30 years ago)
I’m so grateful for this
little big smile!
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring so much pleasure. Today I’m thankful for popsicles. Recently I discovered that my favorite little popsicle shop four hours away in St. Augustine is now exporting to Dunedin. I can walk a mere 15 minutes for a fresh, juicy artisan ice pop. For those in the area, there is a case of amazing selections like pineapple cilantro and sangria plum waiting for you at Broodway Deli. I’m thankful to have Hyppo in my neighborhood!
What are you thankful for today?