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Daily reminder

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~John F. Kennedy

[Go here to learn more about the ‘Gratitude’ water crystal in the photo]
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It’s all about the Wellingtons

I’ve posted a couple times now about vegetarian/vegan options for Thanksgiving- with recipes and what not. This one is for the culinarily-challenged and time-limited among us. Native Foods is my favorite vegan restaurant, and they will do your Thanksgiving cooking and baking for you. All vegan. They currently have locations in LA, OC, Palm Springs, Portland OR, and Chicago with a north SD location opening next year. And they ship nationwide!

Learn about the wellingtons here.

Gratitude list: Native Foods!

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Don’t forget the vegans on Thanksgiving

Vegans need love, too! Last night, I posted a link to an article about showing the vegetarians in your life some love on Thanksgiving. Today, it’s the vegans’ turn. Check out these vegan Thanksgiving recipes and show your vegan buddies you care! ♥

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Practicing gratitude

When I began considering the class I’m teaching this week, I knew right away that I wanted to structure it around the theme of gratitude. Giving thanks.

As I said before, I have recently had a growing awareness of the fundamental importance of maintaining emotional and spiritual health. Since I wrote the post stating my intention to tend to my emotional health and its energetic consequences, I’ve either discovered or re-discovered a multitude of ways to align and balance. One signpost after another pointed to the chakras and the rest of the energetic body as the classroom where I could learn about better health on every level.

Seriously. Every time I asked for guidance since writing that, it was like, ‘Chakras!’… I know but… ‘Chakras!’… but what if… ‘Chakras!’… Ok, ok, chakras!

So, I wasn’t even a little surprised when I asked for help in building my class and the answer was ‘chakras!’ Specifically, the solar plexus chakra (manipura). This is our power center. The center of self and personality. It is also the center of ego-based fear and resistance.

As I began exploring for inspiration and insight, I came across these words of wisdom from Kundalini-Teacher.com:

“The power chakra is fed by the energy of gratitude, which is a powerful kind of surrender. Gratitude is the opposite of fear and resistance. The heart opens to love, the power chakra responds to gratitude. Most karmic stuff will transmute as soon as you can manage to be genuinely grateful for it. Count your blessings, feed your power chakra.”

Not only was I able to build my gratitude class around that powerful idea, I’ve also been working to open and balance my solar plexus chakra each day by practicing gratitude. So, guess how I feel about teaching my class now? Grateful! Funny how that works…

Check out this article by Erica Rodefer for other ideas for expressing gratitude through yoga.

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Tips for Tofurkey Day

I’m going to dedicate this one to my sweet, beloved grandfather, Johnny, who still kinda sorta thinks that being vegetarian means I only eat vegetables. He’s my fav ♥ – so thankful for him.

This is the article I’ve been awaiting for the last 18 or 19 Thanksgiving dinners. Score! It’s finally here.

If you will have any vegetarians partaking in your Thanksgiving feast this year, it’s a must-read. And I bet even some non-vegs will appreciate a new take on some Thanksgiving classics! Win/win.

And score one for the turkeys, too 😉

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Thank you is a mantra

November is such an awesome month. It’s the month that gratitude gets its moment center stage. Unfortunately for many, November’s moment gets used as the bridge to the excitement that is December. I cannot deny that December is pretty monumentally rad, too, but come on… let’s allow November its moment. It could be the opening act that you end up enjoying more than the main act you came to see. Give it chance by embracing an attitude of gratitude. I found this to be a perfect starting point. Thank you!

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