Gratitude begins with the in-breath.

It’s November! The month of gratitude, the month of Thanksgiving. As the bustling holiday season approaches, it’s an ideal time to remember to breathe deeply. To sit still occasionally and embody the present moment, releasing what’s happened in the distant or recent past, letting go of what could happen in the immediate or distant future.

Although our breath is with us from the moment of birth until the moment of death, most of the time we take it for granted.

With mindfulness, we cultivate awareness of and gratitude for the in-breath and out-breath which connects us to the body and the perfection that is the present moment.

There is no need to control or lengthen the breath. Just let it be natural. Let it flow in and out, feeling the sensation, enjoying the simplicity of the air filling your lungs and then exiting your nostrils, over and over.

Be thankful.

Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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