November/December 2008
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.....
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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!

Sincerely,
 Rebecca

Rebecca Gould, LMP, CHHP
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
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rebecca@elementalharmony.info
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