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GratitTuesday – August 27th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Hello GratiTuesday. Here’s a question to ponder, “Where Does Gratitude Belong in Grief?” Very likely we have all experienced loss of some kind. During these times it is common to feel as though the rug has been ripped out from under us; or we’ve been handed a raw deal; or our hearts are broken clean through. Life feels like it will never be the same. In some cases, it may feel as thought life is hardly worth living. Grieving our loss(es) can be excruciating and time-consuming. I get it. I been there.

Several of my very favorite people have recently experienced the death of loved ones. Their grief is real and raw… and vast. If there is anything useful to offer beyond the broad shoulder and enormous ears, may it be a gentle encouragement to simply ‘be with it’ – the grief. Be with the grief; feel it all the way, and in all the ways it feels to feel these feelings. Cry. Rant. Stomp. Shout. Whatever it takes to fully express the depths of these intense emotions. Do that. Do it again. No apologies. Just do it. Do it again and again until it feels done.

And when ready, consider resuming or initiating a gratitude practice of any kind. Gratitude is, as Will Donnelly describes it, “(the) mysterious process where we can literally change our relationship to life itself, turning baser emotions of anger, sadness, and bitterness, into something more powerful and positively creative.” [https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/confessions-of-an-accidental-yogi/2014/08/24/will-donnelly-where-does-gratitude-belong-grief]

There are numerous ways to shift our focus toward gratitude, even while navigating loss and grief. For example, you might pause to observe the breath moving within the body, “Grateful the sinuses are clear today.” You could also turn attention to the five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell – and make note of the detail they deliver to our experience, “With the clear sinuses today I can smell coffee brewing.”

(Gratitude is the) mysterious process where we can literally change our relationship to life itself, turning baser emotions of anger, sadness, and bitterness, into something more powerful and positively creative.”

Will Donnelly/Yoga Teacher/Author WillsPracticalYoga.com

In any given moment, acknowledge and appreciate whatever it is possible to acknowledge and appreciate. Let that be enough… for now. Until you are ready to give gratitude another go.

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 right now for my broad shoulders and enormous ears. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #willspracticalyoga #grief #griefandgratitude

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