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By Melody Lima


It is a quiet, peaceful, reflective time.

For me, it is my favorite time of year: the sweet spot between Halloween and the December holiday frenzy. It is gratitude time.

When we look at Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Yama—Aparigraha—is the non-attachment or freedom from obligation, to receive with gratitude.

Before we start making lists of gifts, things we want, stuff we want to get, practicing gratitude gives us a different perspective. It is simple, answer the question: What are you grateful for today? You can write in a journal, doodle on poster board, scribble on scrap paper that you put in a jar or chant mantras everyday on the yoga mat.

I came to this practice several years ago. My life was extremely full with family details and work responsibilities. I found my monkey mind overwhelmed with blame toward others for not helping me manage my busy life. I yearned for a less stressed out hard-working, providing husband. I craved a quieter and more even tempered four year old child to raise. I felt denied a lucrative and successful career.

It is safe to say, I was a bit cranky and not that fun to be around.

I read an article about non-attachment, non-hoarding and gratitude for what you possess without wanting more things. In Sanskrit, this is known as Aparigraha. I gave it a whirl and found my life was filled with abundance, blessings and so much greatness.

As I counted my blessings, I began to see how I could share my abundance with my students, my community and my family.

Whether you practice gratitude in a journal, with a drawing or on scrap paper you place in a jar; may you find many blessings during this season of Thanksgiving.



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Editor: Dana Gornall


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Melody Lima

Melody Lima, is a creative adventurer, who will tell her story somehow in some way. The narrative is filled with movement (yoga teacher), words (writer), color (artist), texture (parenthood) and other experiences of discovery. Sharing her observations on & off the yoga mat, she attempts to keep things mindful and not too cynical. She loves peaceful debate and good scotch.Visit her blog, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.