I went out of my comfort zone and signed up for a Gratitude Workshop with Dorie Silverman for the month of November. I've been wanting to go to the next level in my yoga training and Dorie is an educated and comforting instructor to learn from.
Our assignment is to write down five things we are grateful for every day this month. The first day was easy listing family, health and other big picture concepts. As the days move on, I am looking at things differently and feeling grateful for small, less significant moments such as homemade soup, my daughter's quirky smile and smelling a newborn baby.
Our cozy morning practice back dropped by the dark rain began with Dorie reading this quote:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. "
- Melody Beattie
During our warm, challenging and fun practice we were reminded to be grateful for what our bodies are capable of at that moment. Instead, of looking for the picture perfect final pose, I appreciated my heart melting as I practiced kicking up and down in pincha mayurasana.
After savasana and a final om, I left with a lightness despite the dark day.
The cold rainy day ended with my kids on either side of me keeping me warm. I acknowledged the moment and experienced pure gratitude.