The week of Thanksgiving is a reminder to pause and reflect on all that you are grateful for in your life. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful for : readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Just today I got a lovely card and a bottle of wine from one of my yogini friends who has also been a long-time student at the center. She expressed her appreciation with so much thoughtfulness it made my heart happy. Then I got home and there were flowers delivered on my doorstep from my beau Randy. He expressed that he wanted to “fill my love tank” so sweet! If that wasn’t enough, I opened my e-mail and got a wonderful expression of thankfulness from another student. It fills my heart with so much joy as my love language is affirmation and to hear all the words of gratitude expressed in one day has been truly amazing!

Keeping a gratitude journal is one way to shift from feelings of sadness and overwhelm to an ability to see what is good in your life. I like to write in my gratitude journal at night before bed and it includes everyday things that can often be taken for granted. Things like I am grateful for hot water; a safe home; healthy food to eat; my grandsons and the list goes on and on. I make a point of expressing gratitude to others as well as extending kindness in my day-to-day life. When I live in this energy it often comes right back to me as mentioned above.

It is easy to be grateful for what goes well in my life but I have also learned to be grateful for the challenging times as well. Many of you know my heart’s desire was to find a partner to share life with. I have been through many romantic relationships that did not work out. They all taught me something and I am grateful for the experiences because they led me to where I am now. I met Randy over 7 years ago through mutual yoga friends. We were not ready for partnership at that time. We both had many lessons to learn before we came back together as more capable of being in a committed relationship. We both realize there will be ups and downs and through quality communication and love as a verb- an action- we will choose to work together as a team. I am grateful for what has been and what is to come. All of it.

Yoga has been instrumental in my journey of self-awareness and gratitude. There have been so many connections made through the center. The bigger energy that is Source Yoga has expanded the community for these 16 years that we have been sharing our passion of yoga with you. I am grateful for the teachers who share their gifts with you. I am grateful for all the students who have come through the doors and who continue to join us on Zoom for classes. I know in my heart that we will weather this pandemic and come through stronger with an attitude of gratitude.

I invite you to take time to reflect on what you are grateful for in your life. Include the good and the challenges. They have all made you more resilient and have opened your heart to the fullness of your life experiences. May you and your family have a blessed safe Thanksgiving!

Janie Gunn
Source Yoga