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Cindy Maddera

I wrote up half of a thankful Friday entry and then deleted the whole thing. On purpose. I was reading through it and it all came back to me as blah, blah, blah. It was all the usual things I'm thankful for on Fridays, like the fact that it is Friday. Of course, we are all thankful for Fridays. Duh.

You know what I'm really thankful for? Last night my left hip was hurting, to the point that it was waking me up in the night. I would roll over and stretch and then go back to sleep for a bit, only to wake up in pain again. OK. So I over did things this week physically. But finally, sometime around the hundredth turn over, my hip popped this horribly loud cuthunking pop and the pain went away. I am so thankful that my hip popped. I am thankful for the three hours of uninterrupted sleep before my alarm went off at 5:45AM. I am even thankful that I skipped my meditation practice this morning to "sleep in".

I know that some time today, I'll get a chance to make up the meditation practice and set things back to normal. I know that this weekend I will be able to give my body the rest that it really, really needs. I always tell my students at the end of class to have gratitude towards themselves for the kindness they have done to their bodies by being on their mats today. Lately, I've been too busy and caught up to take the time to actually do this for me. So, today, I am thankful for the body that I have and my health in this moment.