Month: November 2019

GratiTuesday – November 25th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It’s GratiTuesday! Just a few days away from the annual ‘GratiThursday’ holiday celebrated in the U.S. known as Thanksgiving. Rather than review historical fallacies it may be more useful to focus on a few options for actually giving thanks.

TED Talks to the rescue. I love TED!… exploring TED… and their collection of “ideas worth spreading.” This week’s feature is a collection of TED-Talks-videos compliled by TEDdy – Daryl Chen“Your 5-day Gratitude Challenge: 5 Exercises to Increase Your Gratefulness.” Watch ‘em all! https://ideas.ted.com/your-5-day-gratitude-challenge-from-ted/

  • Challenge #1: Take a photo every day of something you’re thankful for
  • Challenge #2: In your transactions with cashiers, baristas and others, take the time to look them in the eye and really thank them
  • Challenge #3: Put up gratitude “stop signs” in your life.
  • Challenge #4: Write a eulogy for a loved one — while they’re still alive — and give it to them.
  • Challenge #5: Be honest about the thanks you’d like to hear from the people in your life

Your 5-day Gratitude Challenge: 5 Exercises to Increase Your Gratefulness.”

Pick one… or more… or follow your own intuition for a personal Gratitude Challenge.

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to share my devotion to gratitude each week. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #TED #GratitudeChallenge

GratiTuesday – November 19th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Hello GratiTuesday. Came across a (somewhat blurry) video, “Be Thankful for What We Have” [https://youtu.be/xJUXjkQNCRc], featuring motivational speaker and Australian Christian evangelist, Nicholas James Vujicic, addressing a group of high school students. He said something that really struck me. He said, “It’s a lie to think that you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think that you’re not worth anything.” This truth is particularly poignant at this time of year. For many, the holiday season can be fraught by anxieties, loneliness and despair. I know. I have been there.

However, if you haven’t ‘been there’, or know someone who appears to have the ‘holiday blues’, consider exploring this WebMd article, “Holiday Depression and Stress.” [https://www.webmd.com/depression/holiday-depression-stress#1] In addition to describing potential causes, this article also provides a list of tips for coping with holiday stress and depression which, while seemingly obvious, are useful reminders for everyone. My favourite is number 17.

19 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:
1. Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
2. Set realistic goals for yourself.
3. Pace yourself. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
4. Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
5. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
6. Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
7. Live and enjoy the present.
8. Look to the future with optimism.
9. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
10. If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
11. Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it’s a snowflake or a raindrop.
12. Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
13. Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
14. Spend time with supportive and caring people.
15. Reach out and make new friends.
16. Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
17. Make time for yourself!
18. Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
19. Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

“It’s a lie to think that you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think that you’re not worth anything.” ~ Nick Vujicic

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to know and value my inherent worthiness. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _______________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #NickVujicic #holidayblues

GratiTuesday – November 12th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Another GratiTuesday… Throughout Native American Heritage Month I have been exploring the many ways multitudes of indigenous peoples and their cultures have been – and continue to be – exploited. More importantly, I have been ‘listening to native voices’ share their wisdom for ways to abolish historic and contemporary cultural appropriation and support – or appreciate – their rich cultural traditions.

One source for this endeavor is found in an online article posted November 21, 2018, by Simon Moya-Smith, on Vice.com. The piece is called, “100 Ways to Support—Not Appropriate From—Native People.” Moya-Smith entreats us to become allies for Indigenous peoples and offers an extensive list of do’s and don’ts. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa5a3m/how-to-be-an-ally-to-native-americans-indigenous-people

Throughout this exploration an ubiquitous phrase caught my attention. That phrase is “appreciation versus appropriation.” My research led me to a post by Kelsey Holmes, of Greenheart.org, “Cultural Appreciation vs. Cultural Appropriation: Why it Matters.” Holmes also shares simple steps to respectfully explore and take part in a culture without exploiting that culture for personal or industrial profit. For example (edited for brevity):

  • Examine your own culture… Would you be offended if someone wore an important religious symbol from your culture without understanding what it truly means?
  • Listen first… …to understand the implications behind the aspects of their culture you are interested in, and use that understanding to broaden your worldview.
  • Consider context… Understanding what the various aspects of a culture are and what they mean are so important.
  • Share your own culture…The most important part of cultural exchange – and what best distinguishes it from appropriation is that exchange is mutual. https://greenheart.org/blog/greenheart-international/cultural-appreciation-vs-cultural-appropriation-why-it-matters/

Appreciation is when someone seeks to understand and learn about another culture in an effort to broaden their perspective and connect with others cross-culturally. Appropriation on the other hand, is simply taking one aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for your own personal interest.” ~ Kelsey Holmes, of Greenheart

Support, appreciation, and gratitude are similar in their expression or intention to acknowledge, respect and lift up. This month’s focus on Native American Heritage has opened my eyes – and ears – to not only listen to native voices, but also to listen for native voice. Perhaps the most effective way for me to be an ally is to hand them the mic. Please visit the links shared in this post and listen to and for native voices.

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to appreciate and share native voices. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _____________________

Photo Credit: Jeff Abbott/Guatemalan Weavers Protest – 2016

#laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #nativeamericanheritagemonth #nativevoices #greenheart #indigenouscultures

GratiTuesday – November 5th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! November is often thought of Gratitude Season here in the United States what with the Thanksgiving holiday a few weeks away. We may find ourselves reflecting on the past year’s events, and the people who have made an impact on our everyday lives. Perhaps you have a story of gratitude you would like to share.

Turns out a division of The Boston Globe is interested in sharing these stories of gratitude for publication throughout the month of November. Emily Turner of Boston.com posted an article – “Here’s how to share your story of gratitude” – encouraging readers to submit their gratitude stories. https://www.boston.com/culture/local-news/2019/11/04/thanksgiving-share-your-story-of-gratitude

Follow these simple guidelines to submit your gratitude story for possible publication:

  • Let them know what you’re grateful for in 500 words or less by emailing your story to community@boston.com
  • Please include your name and a photo with a brief description
  • They will publish your story, and share it on Boston.com throughout November

What are you grateful for?”

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for new ways to share gratitude stories. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ___________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #bostonglobe #gratitudestories

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