Last week, I discussed the importance of gratitude, the yoga concept of santosha, and acknowledging that we have enough, especially involving excess to food. However, Thanksgiving is about more than just a feast.
There are two parts to this phrase: “thanks” and “giving”. In the previous blog, I emphasized the importance of being thankful for our excess and even our challenges. Although a day of Thanksgiving is celebrated differently in many different cultures around the world, in the United States, we commonly trace our story of gratitude to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
But there’s another big part to the phrase of Thanksgiving and that’s “giving.” As the story goes, Squanto was a Native American who learned the English language during his enslavement in England. After he was released, he resided with the Wampanoag tribe and acted as a translator between the Pilgrims and the tribe. On this cold winter of 1621, the supplies from England were insufficient for the Pilgrims to survive, so Squanto convinced the Wampanog leader to give food to the colonists. Further, he helped them to self-sustain by teaching the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn.
I plunge my spoon into the glistening vanilla chocolate swirl, being careful to catch a drop of whipped cream as I lift it up to my lips.
Oh, the bliss! My taste buds dance throughout my mouth. I go in for another, then another. Suddenly its gone. My 18 euro elegant ice cream sundae disappeared in minutes. I want more… but do I need more?
With the time change last week, the nights have grown longer and the moon energy has risen stronger.
How does this change affect you?
My students were asking me about my Sunset Yoga on the Bay class. I’ve spent the last eight months building this lovely community and outdoor class from 6-7pm on Thursdays. They were wondering if I was going to cancel the class when it got dark. The question sparked a tinge of anxiety within me. Many of my students can’t come any earlier because of their work schedule and the commute. I certainly didn’t want to lose this group and this experience, but I knew that as a yogi, I needed to be open to change and the flow of time.
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After all of this reflection, I decided to keep the time of my weekly yoga class the same, but change the style of the class to a Moonlight Meditative Flow, adding some flickering orange-colored solar-charged tiki torches and tealights for extra effect. The reflections of the water of the bay remind us to focus on our cooling flowing breaths. The orange color of the second chakra is the color of new beginnings and balance!
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Fangs, scales, or tentacles?
Have you fashioned a monster?
From snake-like, dragon-like, bird-like, or octopus-like, humankind has been creating monsters across cultures and time. Ironically, a fear of certain creatures and the unknown is shared on all continents. On the other hand, one of the important characteristics of historical heroes across cultures is being fearless in the face of big and often lethal enemies. This story and message has been told time after time throughout the human experience.
Hannah seeks to find relationships between nature, cultures, yoga, and art through her writing.
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