Our Thanksgiving yoga classes were amazing and an honor to have. I appreciate everyone who shared practice on Thanksgiving and some who just stopped by to say hello or contribute a donation (Monica even baked a pie!). We had folks from Onandaga, Owosso and even Chicago in the room! And we raised nearly $300. I have divided that up into thirds and am delivering the donation to two families today.
I am overwhelmed with the level of support Just B received to hold such a class on a day most reserve only for family. I give thanks to you all for making me part of your family.
Below is a message I shared in each class. Peace to all.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity for recognition and appreciation; for honoring a spirit of a people; recognizing the humanity in us all and refusing to let one fail.
Providing nourishment and shelter for others to survive and thrive.
Thanksgiving is the manifestation of human spirit and oneness.
It is a celebration and holiday with a name and roots intertwined with U.S. history – but the spirit of its intent originate from the antiquity of man.
A woman rescuing a basket from the Nile with a baby and raising him as her own.
A light shining in the dark woods offering shelter for those running from bondage and slavery;
Homes and clothing offered after an earthquake;
Servings in a soup kitchen;
Even in our own humble community a mother giving away her child to give it a chance to live; a spirit receiving the gift of life through an organ after another spirit passed away.
When we look into the light inside someone else’s eyes we see the light of our own and we are one.
Recognizing and honoring life and living is a practice of thanks and giving.