Turkey Blaster Workout! Burn off the Pie!! Thanksgiving Thigh Burner!!!
These headlines can certainly grab one’s attention, as we head into a season of over-indulgence. The excessive consumption of food and drink that typically occurs during the holidays can easily spin into extreme behavior relating to diet and exercise. The attitude of thinking we need to burn off calories so we can enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving Day feast can rob us from the joy and happiness that is meant to be the focal point of the season.
Ajahn Chah says, “If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.”
The practice of “letting go” can bring about a calm and evenness of mind; a contentment that invites peace and compassion. Give yourself permission to enjoy a feast with family and friends, without guilt. If you over-indulge, notice that, and start anew the next day.
So, here’s a challenge for you this week: Enjoy your turkey, tofurkey and/or turduckin with all the fixings. Eat some pie. Consume mindfully, and notice the tendency to go to extremes. Go for a walk if you’re feeling sluggish or over-full. Spend time in nature. Meditate. Pray. Enjoy your family, friends, and your good fortune. Notice all that you have to be grateful for!
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and if you’re in the Freeport area, please join us for an all-levels Flow with Gratitude practice and meditation, 8-9:30am.