Mindfulness Practices for Challenging Times: Strengthening Resilience with Gratitude Practice
When you are grateful and actively cultivate gratitude, you are taking advantage of a basic part of resilience and contentment in life. The more you develop gratitude, the more resilient you’ll become. By reminding ourselves of our victories, we can't help but turn towards and acknowledge the goodness in ourselves and our lives.
For many of us, this may be a time of challenge, when failures and negativity seem paramount and inevitable. Now is when we must remind ourselves of our past successes, write about and share stories of seemingly impossible hurdles you’ve overcome and seemingly impossible victories you unearthed. These exercises serve as self-reminders that you’ve come back from adversity before. And, you can do it again.
In this online offering we'll reach into our Mindful Practices toolkit to root our journey in an embodied approach through breath work, visualization and gentle movement, lecture followed by journaling and creative writing, group discussion, and guided meditation.
Please wear comfortable clothing, have water and writing tools available, as well as enough space and props to move, lay down, sit comfortably and support yourself. Suitable for all bodies and levels. A chair, blanket, and pillows are recommended.
Once you've registered here on the library website, we will send you a zoom link to participate on the day of the event!
About the Instructor, Gretchen Williams:
Discovering and developing my Yoga practice helped me create a more nourishing relationship with my body after years of athletic competition, which lead to various injuries and a poor relationship with food. Through Yogic philosophy, I’ve learned how to create both better relationships with myself, but also within my community.
After 10 years of daily practice, I began teaching Yoga in 2014, first for several years in New York City, before teaching in a beach town on the Pacific Coast of Mexico where I became certified in Therapeutic Thai Massage. Thanks to my partner, a longtime local, I made Telluride my home in the Fall of 2020. I teach group classes at our local studio, Practice, as well as a few private teenage clients both in person and online.
Helping students feel better in their bodies is my goal, and I work to blend both traditional yoga foundations with modern, science-based movement principles to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed, seen, and safe regardless of age, size or background. My personal and professional mantra is “we’re here to help one another through this life”.