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I am grateful for y-o-u! Thanksgiving Meditation

I am grateful to all of you for sharing your practice with me.  Peace and Joy.

Thanksgiving Meditation

This Thanksgiving, when you think about all the things you’re grateful for, don’t forget to include the person you’ve been hanging out with, 24/7, for your entire life.

You know the one I’m speaking of. It’s the one who’s gotten you this far, the one who’s carried you over the hump when you thought you couldn’t do it and wanted to wimp out.

I’m talking about the one who’s stayed up nights with you when you were under the weather or three sheets to the wind. It’s the one who’s put up with your smallness all the times you’ve forgotten who you really are.

I’m referring to the one who’s stood by you when you were afraid and told yourself “I can’t do this,” and reminded you ,” yes you can, yes you are, and yes you will”.

I’m talking about the one who may be the only one on the planet who knows whether or not you’re telling the truth, and who will politely and sometimes not-so-politely nudge you in the direction of honesty when you’re tempted to sell out for what seems like the more comfortable path to take.

I mean the one who always remembers your birthdays and anniversaries; the one who knows exactly what you like and don’t like, want and don’t want. The one who knows just how you like your salad, “dressing on the side,” or how you like your steak cooked, ” medium-rare, nice and pink in the center, please”.

Ponder how great it is to know there’s someone who knows you inside out and upside down and still shows up everyday to greet you in the morning when you wake up.

Even though you take this one for granted, even though you sometimes abuse and mistreat this one who is beyond gender, beyond personality, this one’s loyalty to you is never shaken. This one’s love for you is constant, even when you don’t give love back.

Consider this one, as you search your soul for what you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving and beyond.

This is the one who’s animated your life, brought you to the fullness of joy and laughter and the emptiness of sorrow and loss. Without these experiences, both the happy and sad ones, you wouldn’t know the full capacity of what it means to be human.

This is the one who is taking you to your future. This is the one who can see limitless possibilities ahead when you can only see a narrow path. This is the one who nudges you in the direction of the road not taken. Ever wonder where your courage came from? Look no further than this one. This is the one who conjures up your courage when you thought you’d plumb run out.

Who is this one I speak of? I’m talking about Y-O-U. Not your personality, not the acquired conditioning you’ve learned in order to survive. I’m talking about the one who brings you face to face with truth, wisdom, wholeness and holiness. I’m talking about the one who knows. Give thanks for this one who is, after all, y-o-u.

When was the last time you stood in front of the mirror and high-five’d yourself for being the most amazing human being on the planet? When was the last time you recognized yourself as this one, a unique, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated event in the universe? Maybe a little more self-love in your cup will give you more to share with others.

When was the last time you told yourself , “Thank you for choosing me to be your constant companion. Thank you for getting me through the hard times and for bringing me good times too.” And if you really want to stack the deck, try thanking you in advance, for creating the life of your dreams. Nothing will rev up your manifestation skills more powerfully than expressing gratitude in advance for the goodness already on its way.

Go ahead! Pile it on! This you knows no limits. This one lives in the realm of all possibilities and for this one, what you desire is already so and it’s just waiting for you to call it forth. So call it forth! And don’t play small. This one came to play big .

This one came to live large, yet leave a small footprint. This one came to have its heart broken-open and leave it that way forever so it can hold more love.

This one came to have you see the world and yourself in it, as inextricably linked, part and parcel of the one, the whole. This one knows that who you are is all of it and all of it is you.

Give thanks for this one. Give thanks that your body has gotten the job done and maybe even commit yourself to honoring it more fully from now on. Give thanks that your mind, while sometimes seeming on the verge of leaving the building, is still clear; maybe not as sharp as before, but clear enough to convey what’s in your heart. And give thanks that your heart, still beats 60-90 times per minute and that over a lifetime will beat over 2 trillion times. Give thanks.

Give thanks that your spirit connects you with realms of glory and that your soul grounds you here on earth.

Give thanks for y-o-u. It might not sound like the politically correct thing to do. Do it anyway. Start a new trend. Others will follow. Watch and see. All the other “you’s” at the table will recognize an opportune moment this Thanksgiving to give voice to their own sweet, precious this ones when it’s time to chalk up what they’re great-full for. It’s not about “tooting your own horn or inflating your ego. This is about recognizing the authentic greatness that is at the very core of who you are.

Imagine a world where everyone in it was deeply grateful for who they are. How could that not produce more love? How could that not produce more peace and joy? If everyone is standing in “I am grateful for me”, how could we not then see our own greatness reflected back by everyone around us?

Surely we’d see that we’re not greater than anyone else. We’d see that everyone has this greatness within. Perhaps standing in our own greatness would serve as a nudge for others to take up residency in theirs. Can you dig it?

So this Thanksgiving and beyond, consider the gift you are. And while you’re at it, make a commitment to truly honor this gift, to listen to its wisdom, to treat it with kindness, love and respect for the rest of your days.

And when your days here are over, this one will ferry you back from whence you came, a constant companion in eternity. Dr. Judith Rich

New yoga sessions begin this week!

Hi Yogis,

Balance the busyness and overdoing of the upcoming holiday season with your yoga practice.    New sessions start this week.

McAllister:

  • Continuing       Tuesday 8:30-9:45am        11/5/13-12/10/13  $50.00       304*
  • All-Level          Tuesday 5:30-6:45pm         11/5/13-12/10/13  $50.00        305*
  • Continuing     Thursday 8:30-9:45am         11/7/13-12/12/13   $50.00     306*

* No class on 11/26 & 11/28

Registration available in person or on line at www.lafayetteparksreg.  There is an additional fee for online registration.

McAllister Recreation Center 1 (765) 807-1360
2351 North 20th Street, Lafayette, IN 47904

Morton Center:  

  • Continuing        Wednesday 10:00-11:15am       11/6/13-12/11/13   $50.00
  • All-Level            Wednesday 1:00-2:15pm          11/6/13-12/11/13   $50.00
  • Flow                   Thursday 12:00-1:15am             11/7/13-12/12/13     $50.00

* No class 11/27 & 11/28

Registration in person or by phone –  Morton @ 775-5120

222 Chauncey Ave. WestLafayette , IN.

Jason Kniola Meditation Workshop – Peaceful abiding

Jason’s workshop on Saturday was terrific.  He makes meditation approachable for everyone, including the novice.  Just as different yoga styles work for different people, the same is true in meditation.  We explored a number of different techniques including breath focus, chanting, and vibrational healing.

I love how he described meditation as a calm peaceful abiding.  I’ll take more of that in my life!

Peace and Joy

 

 

Prop Parade Workshop and New Yoga Sessions

Hi Yogis,

The summer is flying by. I hope you’ve found some time to relax and enjoy the gifts of the season; watermelon, corn on the cob, farmers market, summer reads, time in the hammock……

Please join me for the Prop Parade-

Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 AM – Noon at Morton Center – Prop Parade Workshop – We will utilize all the props (blankets, blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, and walls) to help us find more ease and joy in our practice. All props are provided. This class is appropriate for All-Levels. $20 fee.

Please call the Morton Center to register – 765-775-5120.

Check out the schedule page for details on the new classes beginning this week at Morton and next week at McAllister.

Registration in advance of the class start date lets us know that we have met the minimum enrollment, and reduces the chance that the class will be canceled.

Peace and Joy!

Quote

“A life full of enthusiasm, hope and contributions through one’s own talent is a life well lived.”

~Kimberly Day – American Writer And Poet

Vibrational Healing Workshop

If you ever get a chance to attend a workshop with Jason Kniola do it! I attended the Yoga and Vibrational Healing Workshop today at Ross House with Jason and his sister, Lisa Joesten. Lisa did a great job with the yoga part. Jason used gongs, singing bowls, drums, bells, and even a conch shell to help us let go. Words can’t describe how amazing this was. It’s really something you should experience for yourself. Thanks to Jason and Lisa.

Introduction to Meditation Techniques Workshop – 3/30/13 UU Church West Lafayette

A-REC (the Adult Religious Exploration Council at the UU Church) is pleased to sponsor an Introduction to Meditation Techniques workshop this Saturday. Jason Kniola, MS, NCC, LMHC, LCAC, LMT Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist (and founder of Monday Meditation!) will be presenting a dynamic workshop teaching various daily meditation techniques. If you’ve been looking for some help in establishing a meditation practice or are just curious to learn more, this is a great opportunity. Techniques will include: Vipassana Meditation, Mantra Meditation, and other techniques to aid in stress relief, relaxation, and helping to maintain a calm and centered mind.

Saturday, March 30th

10 am to Noon

Room 101/103 in the UU Church 333 Meridian Street West Lafayette

We are requesting a donation of $10 for the workshop which can be paid by check or cash at the event. No one will be turned away, so if finances are a concern, please let us know. If you are able to RSVP ahead of time, it will help us to know how many to expect. Please send an email to Janice Schuster at jrschust@gmail.com and let us know that you’re planning to attend. If you haven’t RSVPed by Saturday, you are still very welcome and encouraged to attend.

New Sessions beginning!

Hi Yogis,

I’ll be starting new sessions this week (week of 3/18/13)

McAllister Classes:  765-807-1360 for questions.  Registrations in person or on McAllister web site (additional fee to register on line)

  • Tues: 8:30am – All-level – Full
  • Tues. 5:30pm – All-level – 2 spots open
  • Thurs. 8:30am  –  Continuing -2 spots open

Morton Center: 765-775-5120 (space available in all classes)

  • Wed. 10am – Continuing
  • Wed. 1pm  – All-level
  • Thurs. noon – Flow

Happy Spring!

Peace and Joy,

Shari