Day 46 — Thanksgiving Day (USA)
The Five Contemplations Before Eating (from Thich Nhat Hanh)
Day 45 — What is Thanksgiving Day? Can gratitude Help Us With the terrible legacy of colonisation?
Some help with Land Acknowledgments:
A beautiful map of native groups and where they were.
Day 44 — Gift economies and Scarcity economies — Practicing gratitude on Black Friday
Read or listen to this wonderful essay on Emergence Magazine (read by the author): The Serviceberry, An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer (author of the beautiful book Braiding Sweetgrass)
Day 41 — Appreciation
Opening warm up song — Be Kind by Zak Abel
Day 40 — Contentment
Day 39 — Joy
Day 38 — Happiness
Day 37 — Wonder
Day 36 — Awe
Today's musical warm up was Happiness Does Not Wait by Ólafur Arnalds.
Day 33 — Remembrance Day
Today we're going to watch a short TEDTalk from Louie Schwartzberg and his stunning time-lapse photography. This also includes the words of Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. (9:30)
Grab some paper and colourful writing tools (crayons, markers, coloured pens....). Or you could use something more exotic — chalks, charcoal, conte, paints — if you feel like it and have them available!
Movement tune today is True Sorry by Ibrahim Maalouf
Day 13 — Gratitude for Nature (again)
Can we really be TOO grateful for nature? Here's a yoga nidra to walk you through nature. And an invitation to get out there and experience the real thing.
Day 6 — Gratitude for Nature
Gratitude is “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
~Harvard Medical School
Gratitude happens in the present moment. We can use the breath to anchor ourselves in the present so that we are paying attention and don't miss moments when we can experience gratitude.
Day 1 — What Does Gratitude FEEL Like?
We begin our Season of Gratitude with a focusing exercise into feeling gratitude in our bodies.
“Gratitude is an emotion that reflects our deep appreciation for what we value, what brings
meaning to our lives, and what makes us feel connected to ourselves and others.”
~Brené Brown, from Atlas of the Heart
Movement practice: Free movement to the song Swing by José González
Beginning in October 2022, I embarked on a 46 day gratitude practice (from Canadian Thanksgiving through to American Thanksgiving), hosting a live session each day where we did 3 things: movement, learned something or were inspired by someone, and then had a short gratitude practice, often journalling with the prompt coming from what we had learned that day.