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I am swimming in things for which to be grateful… SWIMMING! Yet, I’m not walking around in a gratitude stupor like a should be. Instead, my daughter imitates the “oof” sound I groan when sitting down with her on the floor and I’m anxious about traveling for Christmas. Now, I’m willing to give myself a break since I am about 17 months pregnant but still, I need to get my attitude in gear.

“Attitude is Everything”, the inspirational posters tell me and, I gotta say, those damn posters know what they’re talking about. What my attitude is affects the way I see everything and whether or not I face my day with an open heart or its opposite.

I so want to face my day with an open heart and mind but it’s hard. I can’t always muster the courage let alone the energy. Yet, I know, that when I succeed in having an attitude of gratitude, my whole world sparkles (Yes, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit typing the word “sparkles” but, you know what? It’s true. It sparkles. Don’t judge).

An attitude of gratitude changes everything. It changes our MO, our modus operandi, the way in which we work. If we frame our day in terms of what we have received by the grace of others (or God, or the universe), the gifted-ness we feel is transformative. For example, when I see my daughter as the true gift she is (2-year-old mess and all), I can notice how funny she is and appreciate the ways she is growing and changing. If I see her just as a little creature who has inhabited my life and space (and, let’s be honest, taken over!), my MO shifts into a “take, take, take” mindset.

Let me put it all another way. I want to embody Madonna’s “Cherish” more than Janet’s “What Have You Done for Me Lately.” #iamachildofthe80s

One of the best ways I can make this shift is to practice yoga. The thing is, our physical bodies absolutely affect our spirits or minds. And vice versa. If we want to be more open in our lives, physically opening our bodies can help. If grounded-ness is what we seek, a practice geared towards the earth (think balance postures or even seated postures) can help. If we want experience gratitude, a practice of saying “thank you” can be just what the doctor ordered.

I invite you to join me this Sunday, December 7th, for a practice geared towards this challenge- finding an attitude of gratitude. Let’s urge our spirits to imitate the good work our bodies do and leave feeling ready to embrace the season for what it is: a gift.

–Allison

Class is December 7th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Portsmouth studio. Cost is $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members, and $30 day of. Buy Now or register at any studio or over the phone. There are no refunds or exchanges for this class.

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