Experts tell us why being thankful will improve your life and The New York Times tells us more. Harvard agrees. So let's share the happiness - I invite you to join me for a 30-day gratitude challenge!
My own gratitude practice started over 3 years ago. On September 10, 2013 a dear friend emailed a small group of women with an invitation to participate in a daily practice: we would send the group an e-mail with three things we were grateful for each day. It started off simple but over the months and years we've shared amazing joys and heartbreaking losses. Love of avocados and gratitude for warm homes, loving families, and food on the table. Some days the gratitudes flow freely, while others it is truly an exercise. I have to say it is one of the most important parts of my life - taking time to acknowledge all of the good even on the tough days.
This challenge is even more simple - write down one thing each day you are grateful for. You can keep it to yourself in a journal or on a sticky note, or post on social media to spread happiness to your friends.
A dear student of mine, Sara Meadows Shawe, was recently the featured student at Circle Yoga. She kindly permitted me to republish what she wrote about her experience at the studio:
Prenatal Yoga. I began prenatal yoga in January of this year. Each Thursday night I would join other pregnant gals in Studio 1 with our teacher Elizabeth Hubley, a new mother herself. I expected a typical yoga class with its silence and concentrated focus on maintaining postures, but I quickly realized this was a different beast.
Hope you are having a wonderful fall season!
I often find the shift from summer to fall bittersweet. The long warm days have come to a close, peaches disappear from the farmer's market, and we begin to turn inward with the coming of winter. But there are also so many joys of this time of year - the crisp autumn air, beautiful colors in the trees, and the coming of the holiday season where we celebrate community, family, and more.
It's a season I usually spend a little more time in the kitchen - using farmer's market abundance to bake, roast, and discover new flavors. With Caroline's big sense of adventure and surprising transition to walking at 9 and a half months it's a little trickier to spend hours creating new recipes, but I do have this simple and quick Healthy(ish) Banana Bread to share.
I'll also be teaching yoga and continuing to build community with Mamas Circle over the next few months - read on for the details. Enjoy this transitional season and I hope to see you soon!