|Last month I wrote about Fall being a time to grieve and let go. And it
is. But it's also harvest time, which means reaping the benefits of
what you've sown and being grateful for it all. And for many of us,
Thanksgiving is a reminder to rejoice and give thanks. Just imagine if
everyday were like Thanksgiving. Minus the typical over-indulgence at
dinner, can you imagine a world of daily gratitude and celebration?
Something to ponder.....
Last weekend, I woke up at a friend's house, in a big
beautiful room with huge windows overlooking the ocean. Wow, this is amazing, I thought to myself with a smile. I could
hear my host and hostess upstairs, speaking and laughing softly, as I watched
the sunrise. I started thinking about their lives in this beautiful place, and to
my dismay my smile suddenly turned to a frown, or rather a pout, like a little
kid, thinking, "I want this." And
then I was disgusted with myself for even having that thought, for not being
grateful for what is, and that's when it happened; just as suddenly as I had
been swept with that ugly wave of discontent, another wave crashed over me: a
wave of gratitude.
As soon as I started focusing on what is rather than on what is not, I felt better. I felt grateful to be
waking up to that view just that one morning, to be waking up at all, grateful
for my friends, grateful for the life I do
live, for all I do have, for all
that I am, for all that I experience. Had you been watching me, I probably
would have looked like a crazy person, going from an appearance of sleepy-eyed amazement to
melancholy longing to ecstatic gratitude, all in less than a minute! Seriously,
it was beautiful.
And now my memory of that morning serves as a daily reminder to focus on what is rather
than on what is not, to feel grateful, and to express gratitude. That morning
also got me thinking about being grateful for our bodies, which is where we
always reside, regardless of geographical location. And perhaps I will write more on that some other time.....
|Express Your Gratitude with Gift Certificates!
Holiday gift certificates are here, and my gift to you is $10 off regular prices:
$30 for 30 minutes
$50 for 60-minutes
$75 for 90-minutes
$85 for initial nutrition & lifestyle consultation
$95 for 90-minute hot stone massage
This is a busy time of year, so rather than adding this to your to-do list, ,just call now and be done with it!
PayPal & Credit Cards accepted
Ok, folks, that's all for now. Next month we'll be transitioning into Winter, the season of the Water Element. Get ready to hibernate! And click here to read my article on using food to Warm up (or cool down) this Winter.
And here's some Qigong news:
No class on December 2 and 3 (Wednesday night's class is rescheduled for Thursday the 4th). The last classes this year will be on December 9 and 10. Classes will resume in January.
There will be at least one Tuesday a.m. class and at least one Wednesday p.m. class. An email regarding January's class offerings will be sent to those of you in Anacortes, and the surrounding area, as soon as the January schedule has been determined.
Ok, that's really all for now. The next newsletter will be in January.
In the meantime, I wish you all the very best, and I hope you find some joy and light as the days get shorter and darker over the coming month. Happy Holidays & New Year!
Rebecca Gould, LMP, CHHP
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
I just want to thank you, for whatever presence you have or have had in my life, and for taking the time to read this. So, THANK YOU!
FREE Nutrition Consultation
January 3rd: Relax Your Body, Relax Your Mind
Experience the happy-making and healing movements and meditations of Sheng
Zheng Qigong (Chi-gung)! This workshop focuses on Healing Qigong Part 1, a
series of gentle movements and meditations performed while
seated in a chair, that facilitate self-healing by relaxation of the body and
mind, opening the heart and letting go. All ages and fitness levels
welcome! 1-4 pm; $28; , 1-4 pm; Island Hospital; Registration is required, 299-4204.