Bringing awareness to what you are thankful for in your life via genuine gratitude coincides with recognizing challenges - or even your Self and others - with a sense of loving acceptance (just in time for the holiday season). Bypassing, on the other hand - or focusing only on the good while ignoring the difficulties - is like cleaning the outside of a car to make it shiny, but leaving the inside messy. It might look nice on the exterior, but the interior still needs attention if the car is to be maintained over a longer period of time.
From this place of loving acceptance AND genuine gratitude we can cultivate intentional action, or acting from a place of conscious attention instead of blindly reacting out of fear or habit.
Only by learning more about and making the effort to better understand our Selves, our gifts and challenges, our lights our shadows, and our overall needs will we be able to heal on a personal and collective level. In a guided meditation inspired by Tara Brach's RAIN practice, students will learn how to cultivate these concepts of genuine gratitude and loving acceptance by recognizing both challenges and gifts, allowing both aspects to be present and seen, investigating what they might need in order to feel more at ease or how to experience a deeper sense of gratitude if it feels unnatural, and coming back full circle to nurture themselves via loving acceptance.
From this balanced perspective and experience, intentional action will feel more fluid and focused.
Sasha is dedicated to cultivating healthy relationships with our minds and bodies, the food we eat, and the planet on which we all live. A California native who relocated to Brooklyn and then Paris, Sasha teaches yoga and meditation internationally, is a nutrition + wellness coach, and seeks to infuse ancient wisdom into today's world by supporting communities and individuals to integrate nourishing, sustainable practices into their unique lifestyles.