Author: Laurel Kilbourn

GratiTuesday – July 16th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday Earthlings! This week we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Mankind’s giant leap was not simply leaping from the earth to the moon. This awe-inspiring endeavor required giant leaps of commitment in tackling a seemingly impossible task; giant leaps forward in our technological prowess, and most poignant – giant leaps of faith in our capacity to realize our dreams. We proved that we can do anything… together.

In appreciation of this momentous achievement, I thought you all might like to perform a Full Moon Gratitude Ceremony tonight. For more information about how to do this visit “The Moon School” website for Katherine Anne Lee’s step by step suggestions to mark your own celebration: http://www.themoonschool.org/archives/589

“By expressing genuine gratitude, we are opening up the energetic channels for more movement through our lives,” confirms Kat. It’s true. It’s true. It’s true.

By expressing genuine gratitude, we are opening up the energetic channels for more movement through our lives.”

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 now to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________________________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #moonshot #moonlanding #nasa

GratiTuesday – July 9th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy hot and steamy GratiTuesday. I do love this season of hot, humid. Yeah, I know, y’all think I been out too long in the sun; baked my brain. Perhaps. Truth is I am completely full up with gratitude to now live by the ocean and nearby my families – born and built.

Seeking meditations on gratitude for the summer season we return to the words of Jack Kornfield, Buddhist Monk and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society. In his book, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace, he writes, “Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day.” He begins this essay describing a common element between several spiritual practices: gratitude, which turns out to be the touchstone for joy and compassion. This piece also offers a guided meditation that begins with self and extends to all beings everywhere. For more of his “Meditation on Gratitude,” visit http://www.allcreation.org/home/meditation-kornfield or jackkornfield.com.

Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day.”

~ Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

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 beach days! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #jackkornfield #insightmeditation

GratiTuesday – July 2nd

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It is GratiTuesday and Day 2 of National Ice Cream Month! Believe it or not, National Ice Cream Day is an official holiday. Representative Kika de la Garza of Texas and Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky sponsored joint resolutions in the House and Senate for these celebrations. President Ronald Reagan signed this important piece of legislation into law on July 9, 1984, whereupon he called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ice_Cream_Month]

Not only is ice cream recognized by the U.S. government as a tasty treat, it has also become the go-to reward and celebration for personal and professional accomplishments. National Ice Cream Day falls on Sunday, July 21 this year. Go forth and enjoy your favorite scoop of frozen deliciousness. After all, it is the law of land.

President Ronald Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe National Ice Cream Month with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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 ice cream! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #nationalicecreammonth

GratiTuesday – June 25th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday at Work! Continuing with this month’s #wellbeingatwork theme, I am inspired to share an effective model of gratitude-in-action at the workplace. Om in the Office’s client, Casenet, is fully committed to the wellbeing of their employees. In addition, to partnering with us for on-site chair yoga sessions, we recently spied this shining example of employee engagement: Recognition and acknowledgement of colleague contributions, prominently displayed as a Kudos Board. Pretty cool, huh?

Turns out employees feel happier and more fulfilled when they express gratitude (appreciation, recognition, acknowledgment) with their colleagues, as evidenced in a 2013 study conducted at The John Templeton Foundation. Yeah, the benefits of gratitude in the workplace have been known for some time. What’s more, employees that are regularly recognized by their supervisors report greater self-worth and self-efficacy. Gratitude expressed in the workplace increases trust and teamwork, reduces stress while increasing stress resiliency, and greater satisfaction with life – on and off the clock.

“Thank you” doesn’t cost a dime, and it has measurable beneficial effects.”

Bottom line, #gratitudemattersatwork.

For more information about integrating gratitude into your company culture, consider looking over this ‘how-to’ article by Jeremy Adam Smith, “Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work” [https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_cultivate_gratitude_at_work].

Please share your company’s gratitude initiatives with us!

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 inspired action. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ______________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #employeewellbeingmonth #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork #corporateculturematters #kudos

GratiTuesday – June 18th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! Turns out we can overuse the phrase ‘thank you’ to such a degree that it becomes rote… meaningless; even when we truly mean it.

Jeff Hayden, contributing editor at Inc. published an article, “Start Using 2 Words Instead of ‘Thank You’ and You Can Strengthen Relationships, Reduce Stress, and Savor Positive Experiences,” [https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/stop-saying-thank-you-start-saying-these-2-words-you-can-strengthen-relationships-reduce-stress-savor-positive-experiences.html?cid=sf01002] that addresses this very issue. Instead of the standard thanks, consider offering, ‘I’m grateful.’

This slight turn of phrase is highly effective when it is followed by a few thoughtful words describing specifically why you are grateful. For example, ‘I’m grateful you took the time to double check those figures; freed me up to proof our presentation slides.’

Sincere communication of appreciation goes a long way toward effectively connecting with others.

Genuine recognition rewards effort and accomplishment, reinforces positive behaviors, builds self-esteem and confidence, and boosts motivation and enthusiasm. You feel better about your effort. You feel better about yourself.”

You feel better and so do those with whom you share your gratitude… both at work and in every other area of your life experience.

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 grateful for #employeewellbeingmonth. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #employeewellbeingmonth #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork #corporateculturematters

GratiTuesday – June 11th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It’s GratiTuesday – again! All through June we will be celebrating Employee Wellbeing Month. Regardless of the role you play within your company’s leadership structure, there is ample evidence that all members of a “well workforce” – measured through the metrics of mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing – contribute to a productive, innovative, successful company vision. In short, corporate culture matters.

In this clip entitled, “Three Research-Based Tips for a Grateful Workplace,” [https://youtu.be/2hIYKo9YStE] Professor Ryan Fehr from the University of Washington first describes his MBA students’ typical state of mind upon arrival from their work day; across the board these corporate leaders – Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing – all exhibit and report symptoms of intense work-related stress. In this talk, Professor Fehr shares his research on how to build a meaningful culture of gratitude at work 1) Build Gratitude Habits at Work (4:27); 2) Draw from Sources (10:04); 3) Guard against Negative Emotions (16:05). A workplace gratitude program’s success is directly tied to participation. We all know the most effective corporate leaders lead by example. Developing and committing to a well workplace starts at the top. Corporate culture matters. Gratitude matters at work.

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 my professional experience and expertise provide valuable resources to highly effective corporate wellness programs. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________

#laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #employeewellbeingmonth #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork #corporateculturematters

GratiTuesday – June 4th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It’s GratiTuesday! Through checking an online calendar of events, discovered this week is designated as National Business Etiquette Week, recognizing the need to practice proper business etiquette to successfully compete in a growing global marketplace [https://www.psow.edu/national-business-etiquette-week]. Proper etiquette of any kind naturally includes the expression of gratitude. Meaningful recognition of employees that ‘go beyond’ creates a workplace that inspires employees on many levels. Simply put, gratitude matters at work. Researcher Lynette Silva speaks to this topic in her talk at the Greater Good Science Center entitled, “Why a Paycheck Isn’t a Thank You,”: https://youtu.be/USfCb2oVhbQ

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 my work in service – providing on-site corporate wellness services (yoga-chair yoga-meditation) through Om in the Office Workplace Wellness Programs – also addresses this important point – Gratitude Matters at Work. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #nationalbusinessetiquetteweek #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork

GratiTuesday – May 28th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! Yesterday was Memorial Day, a national holiday here in the United States instituted for remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving in the military. There are many ways to do this. To honor another’s service is to appreciate that service; or in this case, to honor their sacrifice we remember them in reverent gratitude through prayer, celebration, or through our own service. For myself, I am deeply honored to serve those who served through volunteer-teaching in the yoga program at the Bedford Massachusetts VA Hospital. If expressing gratitude to those who served through volunteering calls to you, please consider learning more about volunteer programs at your local Veterans Administration: https://www.volunteer.va.gov/

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 serve those who served. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #memorialday #veterans #service #volunteer

GratiTuesday – May 21st

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It is GratiTuesday! Reminded just now to invite a bit of ‘novelty’ into my meditation practice. While there are numerous benefits linked to sticking with a particular practice – repetition offers multiple opportunities to explore any practice more deeply, for example; we may experience renewed interest and commitment to our practice of meditation through a new technique. Consider exploring this guided meditation for gratitude posted on YouTube by Linda Hall. [https://youtu.be/Tm14bj-hZhQ]

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 thoughtful gifts from friends and family. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #heavilymeditated #guidedmeditation #lindahall

GratiTuesday – May 14th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! Recently returned from a blissed-out weekend yoga retreat facilitated by my dear friend-teacher-mentor, Chandra Cantor, at Sky Meadow Retreat Center in Stannard, Vermont. I AM so full of gratitude; feels like I may burst! Beautiful location in the Northeast Kingdom; surrounded by forest, ringed by mountains, right up close to the sky. Kind, attentive, helpful staff and interns. Amazing freshly-picked and thoughtfully prepared vegetarian food from surrounding farm(s) and gardens. Animal friends to talk to; sheep and chickens and llamas – oh my! A perfectly lovely group of women attended; known and – now new – friends from all around the east coast. And, of course, all of Chandra’s yoga classes. The perfect balance of engaged activity and intentional solitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you all for a wonder-full yoga retreat weekend. [steppingintobalance.com] [skymeadowretreat.com]

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 Chandra Cantor Yoga and Sky Meadow Retreat Center. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _____________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #cantorchandra #skymeadowretreat

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