Thursday, November 27, 2008
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melodie Beattie
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Between our inevitable over-indulging today, let's pause for a moment and remember what we are grateful for.
I am thankful for...
my beautiful (and growing) family... Mom, Dad, grandparents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters-in-law, 2 nephews, and 2 nieces born this year!
friends near and far
opportunity and possibility
my job, which to me is more than a job... it's my life's work
waking up to beautiful mornings, like today!
the gift of movement... our bodies are amazing machines
the journey ahead
... and this mysterious, confusing, yet joyful and incredible thing called life.
Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Secret Power of Yoga, wrote about yoga philosophy according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Here is her translation of Sutra II.39:
Acknowledging abundance (Aparigraha), we recognize the blessings in everything and gain insights into the purpose of our wordly existence.
Such abundance in this life!