In September I was quoting one of my favorite piece of wisdom from the Upanishads.
" Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny." - Upanishads
It is still a profoundly true and humbling quote. Focusing on our thoughts is not easy. The pre-requisite to it, to quiet the mind is even a larger challenge. I hope that you all were able to find some time in solitude and quietude. As we are turning into Fall and Winter it is time for some introspection.
Finding our more peaceful, more content ways of being could never come at a bad time, but with Thanksgiving approaching it is even more relevant. Families and friends come together around a dinner table to share time, laughter and a meal together to remember and be reminded what is truly important. This month, follow a simple gratitude practice. Every nite, before you go to sleep write down three things you are grateful for that day. They can be from big things, such as your family, peace, your general health, to small things such as the lentil soup you got the chance to experience that day... or a smile you received from a stranger. Just notice by the month's end your heart will be filled with so much love and compassion. Sitting at the Thanksgiving table, it will be difficult to select only a few things you are thankful for to share with your loved ones.
And if you feel so inclined share your blessings, thoughts on gratitude with the Quiet Mind Community on our Facebook page or on our Blog.
This month is a big one in other ways as well. Many people on the East Coast are recovering from the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought upon them. Our hearts go out those greatly affected. I hope all of you are safe and back to mostly normal routines by now.
It is also the month of the presidential elections. The future of this country and the world depends on all who can practice their democratic right to vote. In the Western world, the USA has the record of one of the lowest voter turn out of all countries. As a citizen of a former Socialist country, where democratic rights were not granted, I encourage you to get out there let your voice heard. And I am not alone. On this day when there is a great divide in this nation, yoga unites. On Election Day, Nov 6th, the Washington DC area yoga community stands for unity by bringing people together in complimentary yoga classes all day, including Quiet Mind. Please come early with a mat to ensure a spot at class. For information on this effort and also on other participating studios, visit
Finally, this month and the next are filled with many wonderful events at Quiet Mind that can help you find that inner peace, formulate your blessings and just to connect, connect, connect with like minded people. To list all the upcoming events here briefly would be impossible so just scroll down in the Newsletter to our November Events (and beyond) section or go straight to the website. We are always excited to see you at the studio. One of the true blessings that we all feel here. Thank you :)
Rita and the Quiet Mind Tribe