“mini yogis minute” tip of the week

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach kids how to have an attitude of gratitude.

I have been working with my kids on creating "blessing circles" where we go around and around the circle taking turns telling one blessing that we are grateful for.

All sorts of answers come up, from "I am blessed to have a bed to sleep in", to "I am blessed that my parents bought me a new bike" to "I am blessed that my mother gave me life."

As we move around the circle, the only rule is that no blessing can be repeated twice. Sometimes that means that the kids spout out what they think are "silly" blessings because they are all they can think of: "I am blessed to have water." (Did you know that the number one killer on earth is not cancer, but the lack of clean water sources in much of the developing world?). "I am blessed to go to the bathroom." (Do you know how miserable your life would be if you couldn't?) There is no such thing as a silly blessing.

Anyway, I was doing this exercise with a group of teens one day and it went on for quite a while before one of the boys piped in, "This game can go on forever."

Bingo.

That's exactly the point. If you start counting now every little blessing that you have, it will probably take the rest of your life to get through them all. There are simply too many of them to count.

So, this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to remind your kids to say "thanks" instead of "please", as we are all incredibly blessed.

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