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The Embody Gratitude Project 2015

The Embody Gratitude Project 2015

Nurturing Joy through Embodying Thanks
a 6-week online course for YOU!
Begins on Sept. 21, World Gratitude Day. 

I’m deeply excited to offer this beloved online course and share these powerful practices with you!

Welcome to the Embody Gratitude Project 2015

I have a little quote on my bulletin board from writer Martha Beck which reads,

“Your job is to maximize your own kindness, happiness, and health.” 

I can’t think of a more simple, easy, powerful practice to accomplish all 3 of those at once than working with what we call in Embodied Life work, “Cultivating the Field of Gratitude.”  
In this course, we will work with our powerful human capacities for attention and intention in ways that can change our brains and our attentional habits so that we become truly grateful people experiencing joy regularly. (Yes, us!)
Right in the midst of our messy, imperfect, perfectly real lives. 
I’m hugely inspired by the power of these practices as I’ve seen them work what seems like magic in my life and in the lives of many others. For 6 weeks this fall, we’ll explore embodying gratitude.
I intend for this course to be simple, down to earth and easy to implement. Also hugely inspiring, nourishing and fun.
Are you busy?
Yeah, me too. 
I want you to experience how even a small investment in growing our gratitude can have a BIG impact on our lives. unnamed (6)
Not an intensive time commitment, not something that will keep you in your email box or at your screen for a huge amount of time, but hugely inspiring little doses of wisdom which can change your life in surprising ways. (Click here to read comments from some 2014 participants.) 
Embodied gratitude turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Embodied gratitude makes you feel rich.
Embodied gratitude makes you kinder to yourself and others.
Embodied gratitude will boost your immune system and your vitality. 
Just thinkhow might your life be different if you spend 6 weeks growing your gratitude this fall? 
It can make your brain a bit less like velcro for the difficult stuff and a lot less like Teflon for the countless blessings surrounding you every day. Make no mistake, the countless blessings and miracles are there – we just need to remove the veils that obscure our ability to see them. As Rumi says, “Awe is the salve that will heal our eyes.”
Would you like to join me and a wonderful group of people to create a ripple of gratitude in ourselves and in our world? We’ll start on World Gratitude Day, Sept. 21st. You can sign up right here.

I love this point from Brene Brown’s wonderful book, The Gifts of Imperfection.
“In many ways this research has not only taught me new ways to think about how I want to live and love, it’s taught me about the relationship between my experiences and choices. One of the most profound changes in my life happened when I got my head around the relationship between gratitude and joy. I always thought that joyful people were grateful people. I mean why wouldn’t they be? They have all that goodness to be grateful for. But after spending countless hours collecting stories about joy and gratitude, three powerful patterns emerged:
  • Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.
  • Both joy and gratitude were described as spiritual practices that were bound to a belief in human interconnectedness and a power greater than us.
  • People were quick to point out the differences between happiness and joy as a difference between human emotion that’s connected to circumstances and a spiritual way of engaging with the world that’s connected to practicing gratitude.”


As Brother David Steindl-Rast wisely says,

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” 

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The Embody Gratitude Project 2015: Nurturing Joy through Embodying Thanks
A 6-week course for YOU!


 Our journey will begin on World Gratitude Day, Sept. 21st and end on November 1st.

What’s the format? 

You’ll receive 3 potent Embodied Gratitude Encouragements per week.
  • Each Monday you’ll receive an inspiring lesson (audio and/or video format) guiding you to explore cultivating gratitude in an embodied way throughout the week.
  • Each Wednesday you’ll receive a brief reminder – a concentrated dose of inspiration. I call it a shot of gratitude espresso.
  • Each Friday you’ll receive an invitation to reflect in a specific way on the week’s practice. (Studies show reflection is actually the most important part of the learning process.)

Each of these Embodied Gratitude Encouragements – the lessons, the reminders, the inspirational photos, wisdom quotes, gorgeous poems – will live in the online course website. The main lessons will be in both audio and video format. You can download the audio to iTunes to listen to while you walk, drive or do the dishes. (I like to make it easy to access without having to spend a ton of time at your computer.) You can download all the lessons to your computer or just leave them on the site and stream them there. There they will remain for you to access any time you like, for years. In addition, the course website has space for community interaction which you can participate in as much or as little as you like, and you don’t even have to touch Facebook with a 10-foot pole. :)

How much does it cost? 

The 6-week course is just $97 and you have lifetime access. Yay!

What do I need to participate in this e-course?

 All you need is the ability to hop online with a decent connection a few times a week. While it’s very easy for even non-techy folks to navigate, the course webpage has tech-support available to help you anytime you need it. You also need the willingness to experiment with ways you pay attention in your daily life. Sense of humor is always helpful. And if you like to reflect through writing as I do, you might enjoy having a journal handy. Easy peasy!

How do I register? 

I’m so glad you asked! Just click right here to pay with paypal.

Don’t like to pay online? Email me (erin@bodyhappy.com) and I’ll send you my address where you can mail a check.

You’ll receive your first lesson on Sept. 21st, World Gratitude Day. I can hardly wait!


“I hope that you too

will say a word of thanks

for such creation

out of the wholesome earth,

which would be, and dearly is it needed,

a prayer for all of us.”

– Mary Oliver

Would you like to read some comments from people who did the Embody Gratitude Project last year?
Click here.  (Spoiler alert: They loved it.) :)

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I’ll close this invitation with my favorite disclaimer.

I like to quote Zen teacher Cheri Huber and tell you:

“This course will teach you nothing you don’t already know, it asks for all the enthusiasm and attention you can muster, and it’s 100% guaranteed not to improve you at all.” 

How’s that for salesmanship? Oh well. I want to be totally clear that the intention for this course is not to improve you. (I don’t think you need fixing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with you.)

My intention is simply to offer a hugely inspired dose of support and encouragement along with powerful embodiment-based practices so you can explore the art of paying attention to your world in ways that will inevitably increase your joy and well-being. As you are. As it is.

I hope you’ll join me!




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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.

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