Thanksgiving Isn't A Time of Year, But An Attitude of the Heart
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."
-Henry Van Dyke
Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings and be grateful for your friends and family. But Thanksgiving isn't a time of year but an attitude of one's heart. Developing an attitude of gratitude throughout the year is a simple mindfulness tool that has been shown to have tremendous health benefits such as better physical health, improved sleep, stronger relationships and increased empathy and reduced aggression towards others.
For many of us, gratitude does not come as easily as grumbling and complaining. For whatever reason, it always seems easier to focus on what isn't working rather than what is. Does this sound familiar? I will admit that I often find myself falling into that category. It isn't that I am not grateful, because I am. I place little notes in my gratitude jar. But I don’t take the time to pause and get present in the moment and say thank you to the individual who deserves the gratitude. I use the excuse that I am overwhelmed with work and I get busy and I forget. But in reality- I really struggle with expressing my emotions to others. I am uncomfortable receiving gifts or acts of kindness that people do for me. I feel unworthy and undeserving of their kindness and generosity. Rather than acknowledging my own insecurities I just avoid the situation entirely. Unfortunately, that coping mechanism isn't working for me so well.
Teachers often share things in class that they need to hear themselves. I am no different. I frequently talk about opening your heart and being open to receive the love that you are entitled to receive. However, I have been hiding my heart for most of my life. Gratitude is an act from the heart. Instead of hiding my heart behind complaining and acting like I don’t care, I am committed to seeing the good and bringing gratitude to my experiences. In that that vein, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all of the support and love we have received at kOMpose Yoga.
First and foremost, I am incredibly thankful for the team at kOMpose. The studio wouldn't exist without all of the hard work of our teachers, staff and administrative team. It is truly a team effort and I am honored and grateful to work with such amazing individuals who teach me about love, kindness and service to others every single day. You inspire me.
Next, I am beyond grateful for the overwhelming love, support, encouragement, kindness and generosity that we have received from the kOMpose community. It has gone beyond my wildest dreams. Each student has had an impact on who we are and why we do it. Our studio is here to serve you and you are an important part of our story. We are honored and grateful for the opportunity and privilege to work with each of you.
Last, but not least, I want to say a special thank you to my children, Max, Jack and Harry. Life has been a little crazy since kOMpose came into existence and I know it hasn't been easy. I appreciate your patience, love and support as I chase my dream. I love you very much.
This Thanksgiving, I hope you are able to take an extra moment to say thank you for all of the blessings in your life.