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Yoga Girl Daily - June 18th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Thankful Thursday, Gratitude

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

The past few weeks have been an eye-opening and crucial learning experience for many of us, especially when it comes to the anti-racism work to be done that is long overdue.

With every learning in your life comes someone to thank for the teaching - and today’s theme is focused on just that. Today we are putting gratitude into action and acknowledging those who have put effort, energy and time into educating us on the injustices that exist deep within our society.

Without these teachers there would be no lessons, and without these lessons there would be no growth.

Tune in to put gratitude into action.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and welcome to our gratitude practice of the week. It is Thankful Thursday today, so time to put some gratitude into action. I am pretty sure I am not alone in feeling that I have learned a lot over the past couple of weeks. With the huge and long-overdue uprisings we're seeing all across the world, the Black Lives Matter movement, the anti-racism movement that we are all supporting from all parts of the world right now. If you take a moment right now just to contemplate what has shifted inside of you over the past few weeks? What are some things that you have learned that you just didn't know before? What are some areas where you're now are present, where you just weren't present before? We have all learned so much and so many things are shifting in the world around us and also within us.

[00:58] And I want to take today's gratitude practice for each of us to take a moment to acknowledge and speak our gratitude toward a person that has helped educate us over the past couple of weeks. So if you take a moment to really maybe close your eyes and contemplate that, you know, when it comes to this hugely important and of course, very sensitive topic of anti-racism, what have you learned? What are some big realizations that you've had, some big shifts that you've made, and then tracing that back to who was the person who actually taught you this? Perhaps it's a person that you have in your life, right? A neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, someone that is already a part of your community, who you've been speaking to, who's been helping to educate you over these past few weeks, or maybe this is a person that you know, purely online, right?

[01:48] Maybe it's someone who you follow on Instagram, or perhaps it's an author whose books you're reading now, maybe it's a podcast you're listening to. Just take a moment to really get clear on a person, a human being who thanks to their hard work, you have been able to enlighten yourself over these past couple of weeks. Today, we are going to direct our gratitude toward them. I have a person in mind and, actually I have two people in mind, I'm going to share both of them. I'm learning from so many different people right now, but there's two people that are really standing out to me today. When I sat down just to think of, Oh, who am I extra grateful toward right now I'm grateful for. The first person I want to share and direct some gratitude to is a guy named Brandon Kyle Goodman on Instagram.

[02:36] You can follow him, he's @brandonkgood. And there's something about the way he shares. Just whenever I come across any of his posts, I just immediately have to stop, take a breath and watch every single live, every single video, every post that he shares, because it speaks not only to my intellectual brain, but to my heart as well in a very specific way. He's also elevating, not just the Black Lives Matter movement, of course, as a Black man, but also the Black Trans Lives Matter movement, which is so, so important that we do not forget. So, Brandon Kyle Goodman follow him on Instagram, @brandonkgood. And then the second person I want to elevate is Austin Channing Brown. I'm reading her book, “I'm Still Here” right now, it's my current read that I'm reading at night and I feel so connected to her words.

[03:32] So connected to how she speaks. Pulling on my heartstrings every day. And she's one of the people who over the past few weeks have really educated me without me being in direct contact with her, you know, just from, from reading her words and from listening to her speak. So big moment of gratitude, Austin Channing Brown and Brandon Kyle Goodman right now, right after I finish this podcast, I'm going to go to their Instagram accounts and just shoot them a little message with a big, big, thank you. And I want for you to take a moment today to do the same. Who are the Black people who have really educated you lately, directly or indirectly? Who have you learned from? Take a moment just to contemplate that and then go acknowledge them, so maybe share on social media that, you know, here's a resource that I have found so valuable, maybe go on their DMS and just share a little bit of love to some, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that. It is so important that we continue to direct awareness and gratitude toward the people from the Black community who are spending so much of their time and energy in educating the world and that we continue elevate them and their knowledge and their wisdom and their hearts every single day. Thank you so much for putting this gratitude into action today. Wishing you a beautiful rest of the day. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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