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8 Inspirational Quotes in the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Over the last few years I have found myself facing a lot of challenges in my career and in my relationships.  Some inspiring, some intimidating.  However, each time I am confronted with a tough situation or left wondering if I can weather another change in my life I have learned to stand still, breathe deeply and give thanks for the very place that I find myself in that moment.   For whatever the future holds,  it is by recognizing what is positive about my present that will get me to the next moment with grace and gratitude.

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving this year, here are a few helpful quotes to remind us all to feel grateful and to know how to carry that gratitude into the coming moments of our lives.

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” The Buddha

“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

“The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full—that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” Yogi Bhajan

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience’.”  Oprah Winfrey

 “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Carr

“We think we have to do something to be grateful, or that something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” Iyanla Vanzant

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou


Siobhan is the Head of Communication and Content with Muuyu and a co-founder of the company.  Born in Ireland she has close to 20 years’ experience working in the areas of PR, communication and journalism.  She is also the editor of the Muuyu blog.  Siobhan has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her adult life.  However it was while doing a post-natal yoga class when pregnant that she really began to connect with her practice and she has been a regular practitioner ever since.

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Wise words I learned in my first class with Alyson McWilliams

A hipster on the train.  A punker in the airport.  A couple fighting intensely in IKEA.  Another couple  kissing passionately in the park.  A man begging on the street.  We encounter numerous people in different settings during our daily lives.

We see, we process, and … we judge.

Why does he need to be so hipster?  A pair of regular glasses would do, man.

Such a pity to dye that beautiful hair pitch black.

That must be such a bad relationship.  Just leave the flat-pack kitchen and find a counselor.

Kissing in public?  Ugh, get a room!

Donating money?  Puh! We all need to work – so do you.

The moment we encounter something we trigger an immediate thought and judging process that we hardly have any control over without conscious awareness.

It was two weeks ago during my first Muuyu class with Alyson McWilliams that made me realize this.  While we were preparing for our last asana, the savasana (oh, how I love that one!), she said something that was so simple and clear but had such a powerful meaning.  It was about respecting differences and focusing on the positive and on yourself.   She ended with the wise words “Don’t judge, just observe.”

It may sound very simple now but try it.  You will become aware that observing is just a small part of your awareness.  What follows is thinking, comparing, and automatically judging.  The latter can easily translate into something negative. Such a waste!

And who are you to judge anyway?  His glasses are actually way cooler than yours.  Oh see, I shouldn’t judge..;)