It's a grateful day! A day for coming together - with your biological family, extended family, or chosen family. Which can be wonderful and amazing! It can also be hard and exhausting.
So in addition to gratitude, I hope you'll find a few minutes today to practice acceptance - toward yourself, toward these conflicting emotions, and toward things not always (or maybe never?) turning out exactly how you had hoped or planned.
As you notice your love, fear, disappointment, joy, and host of other seemingly contradictory emotions, sit with that ambivalence. It may be uncomfortable, but see if you can welcome it in. Witness the complexity of your being, your family, your life.
And from there, be in it. The complex messiness of life. The joy of a shared meal and the deep sadness of a family member no longer with us. Toddler tantrums that test the very limits of our patience and the heartwarming sound of uncontrollable laughter echoing around the house. Sweet snuggles. Tense disagreements. A moment of quiet.
It's all here for us.
I wish you all the things - and hope you'll join us (and invite a friend!) as we wind down the year. I'll be teaching a few more yoga classes, we have one more Mamas Circle, and after that it's into 2020!