Thursday, November 19, 2009

An Awesome Idea for Thanksgiving - Get to Work!

Last year I started what is to become a yearly ritual for me: doing the "Egyptian Writing Ritual" out of Sarah Susanka's book, The Not So Big Life. I am still energized by the four days of writing I put in before New Year's last year.

Now my friend in L.A. has just sent me a blog post from one of her yoga teachers, where she outlines a counter-intuitive Thanksgiving activity dreamed up by the Dalai Lama, and included in his newest book. I am totally taken with this idea, and plan to do something about it. It's called "Count Your Sufferings," and it is designed to help you realize that suffering is mostly in the mind - that is, it feels like suffering because of your reactions. What is suffering to one person might be considered a "challenge" to another. In some cases it might even be considered a blessing by someone else. Think about it!

Enjoy! And I hope I remember to post about it after the holiday, to let you know how it went for us.


  1. I'm so glad the Year End Ritual has been helpful for you. I don't know if you are familiar with the Not So Big Life website, but I wrote two blog posts in 2007 that further elaborated on the Year End Ritual, which you can find here:
    and here:

    I have a feeling you may enjoy more of the blog posts on the site as well. They are intended for readers who really want to take their understanding of "not so big" living to the next level.

    Wherever your journey takes you, travel well.

    Warm regards,


  2. Thank you, Sarah, I am *starstruck*!

    I have browsed the site a little and I do think I agree with you. Can't wait to read and learn more.