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At my Hatha yoga class this morning, the instructor guided us students to practice thinking about gratitude as a way of staying present. Instead of allowing my mind to spin from topic to topic, I would take a breath while in a pose and think of something I am grateful for:

  • that I met my husband when I did in 2003
  • the life we have built together
  • my adorable 4-year-old son
  • the gift of time with my child
  • our home together
  • my family – parents, sister, nieces, aunts and uncles – and the love, support and sense of belonging they give me
  • my girlfriends,┬ámy moms group and my new friends in the blogger community for the support, friendship, fun, laughter and shared experiences with our children
  • my yoga teacher Alissa at Kushala Yoga for the peace and serenity she brings to the classes I attend.

My mind is always going, all too often with worried or anxious thoughts, and I love yoga for helping me to break that cycle and be fully present and peaceful for a few moments in my week.

All in all, I have a lot to be thankful for. I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and have invited some good friends over to share it. I can’t wait for the turkey dinner and the great company. I am filled with gratitude and all the more mindful of my blessings today thanks to my yoga class.┬áNamaste.

What are you grateful for? What do you do to slow down your thoughts and be more present?

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