Thankful Ritual?

#gratitude #thankful #ritual #creativity Nov 15, 2022

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“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” - Anonymous

"I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy, and I am loved." - Reba McEntire

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Yoga therapy is difficult to define, in part because of the breadth and depth of the tradition itself, and because, like Yoga, the discipline can be approached in so many different ways. Nonetheless, for Yoga therapy to be better understood and accepted, it is necessary to have a reasonable and pragmatic definition understandable to those without experience with Yoga, yet still acceptable to those steeped in the practice and philosophy.

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Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

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Thankful Rituals

This time of year is full of “thankfulness.” Do you have a thankful ritual that you do to actually communicate your gratitude? You can do this exercise for yourself with or without other people joining in.

  1. Gather your materials :-)
  • Color pencils, crayons, markers, pens
  • Card stock paper or thicker if you prefer – you could also use a journal of sorts
  1. Thoughtfully draw, color, write, or illustrate things in your life that you are thankful and grateful for.
  2. If you complete this exercise for yourself, you can place it where you will see it often. If you do this as a family or group, punch a hole in the top left corner of each drawing, slip a metal ring or some tie through the hole and keep it as a book for people to look through. You can also use the journal to reflect the illustration each person has decided to share.

This is one of my favorite quotes to say in yoga class this time of year:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

I also like the reminder to express gratitude for “not material” things:

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

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About Nancy Whitman

Nancy Whitman is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), yoga teacher, and author. She specializes in empowering you to improve your well-being. Nancy is registered with the Yoga Alliance as ERYT-500 and is certified through ACE as a personal trainer, health coach, and fitness instructor. She has a Master's degree in Education, MaEd.




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