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How Do You Give Thanks on Thanksgiving?


Even though I love Thanksgiving for its abundance of stuffed tofurkey, candied yams, and cranberry sauce, my favorite Thanksgiving memories all involve the true spirit of the holiday: Giving Thanks.

As a yogi I try to practice karma yoga, the practice of serving others, as often as I can, but I have to admit that sometimes I lose site of helping others as I get caught up in my daily life. Thanksgiving is always that brilliant reminder to refocus, give thanks, and give back.

In my classes this past week I have tried to inspire my students to think of ways they can give thanks or give back this holiday. Some of my favorites from Thanksgivings-past are volunteering at a soup kitchen to give back to the community, teaching a free yoga class to give back to your students, going to a donation yoga class and giving back to the charity of choice, and simply telling all the people that you love why you are so thankful that they are in your lives.

Now I hope that you can inspire each other with your own favorite stories. What is your favorite way to give thanks for Thanksgiving?


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To tell you the truth, I've always had a lot of trouble giving back in the ways you suggest--joining organizations and participating in events. I used to feel kind of guilty and selfish about this. I'm just not much of a joiner or a participator.

But then I started realizing that my way of giving back is being as generous as I can be to each individual I come into contact with in my day-to-day life. This kind of person-to-person giving, whether in person or in the blogosphere, comes naturally to me, and I realized that for a long time I've been in the habit of freely offering my help to people wherever I feel I have something to offer.

Now I'm at peace with this aspect of myself. I don't fight it anymore, although some might call it a cop-out. I still admire those who give thanks and give back to the community in bigger, more obvious ways, like those who create and join organizations and movements, but I feel I'm contributing in another way that's also good.

Bob Weisenberg

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