One of the secret’s of how yoga works is simply gratitude. For some, you might not think gratitude is powerful. For those of us who practice it on a daily basis, we know the power of gratitude.
I used to live on a very busy street. I used to wake up to traffic noises, snow plows, etc.; now my house backs up to a ravine. This morning it was beautiful. The birds were chirping and singing. Everyday and night, I work down a mental “list” of things I’m grateful for. After practicing yoga for a while, I started a gratitude journal. Each night I would write down 5 things I was grateful for. If you want a habit established, you do it on a regular basis. Before yoga, my focus was on the things that bothered me……
Let’s say you have an unruly teenager who tests you at every turn. What a difference it would make in your life, and theirs, if you just simply told them how much you love them, how proud you are of them, and how wonderful it is to be together. Maybe your spouse gets on your nerves with an annoying habit. Choose to overlook it, and do something wonderful for them; a sexy text, an unexpected hug, a thank you. For some, your job is a source of unease. Your boss rides you, or you are expected to do more for less. You might forget how wonderful it is to have a paycheck, and what a source of accomplishment your job gives you, until you don’t have a job. You can’t wait to have some quality time out with your girlfriends at your favorite restaurant, only to find when you get there a toddler in a full tantrum. How you deal with these issues is at the heart of yoga. Do you leave the restaurant? Do you complain; or try to get another table farthest away? Maybe a better choice is to help, to offer grace, or sympathize with the parent, or offer a prayer up. We always have a choice on how to react.
Of course, many of us remember these things occasionally, but do you everyday? Feeling gratitude opens up your middle channel, freeing up the tightness in our body. Are you still not convinced? Check out these articles of the scientific proven effects of gratitude.
Gratitude might have been very difficult for me if I hadn’t started the physical practice of yoga first. In fact, the physical practice of yoga MAKES you see things as good. Let’s say you come to yoga with that annoying shoulder pain you’ve had for years. If you go to a teacher who understands how yoga works your shoulder pain will be healed. Yoga opens you up to see the good, when previously you might see different. You appreciate your body more, you appreciate others more. That is the secret of yoga. Do good, see good, love good.
See you on the mat,