Cultivating Gratitude

When was the last time you said “Thank you”? Was it heartfelt? Was it genuine?

Cultivating a spirit of gratitude is a pathway to healing. We can all find ways to complain or be disappointed, it’s fairly easy to point out what’s wrong, what’s not working. We all have an inner critic, a voice that is fueled by the ego. This voice feeds our insecurities and if it goes unchecked can lead to bouts of depression and anxiety as well as an endless mental loop of mind chatter that does not serve our peace of mind.

The holiday season is approaching. This means many of us will review the year that has passed and gauge what needs to change for the year ahead. Would it hurt to try to add more appreciation , even when we are living in very bleak times? Many of us cannot bear to watch the news or we are triggered by social media because there is more and more heavy and dark articles about the violence and chaos that is being experienced through out the world. There are natural disasters, threats to vulnerable communities and their human rights …the list goes on.

Honestly the best thing we can do is take our yoga and meditation practice to the next level and sprinkle it with the goodness that is Gratitude. This can help balance the dark days that may be ahead of us. Perhaps we can find some Light and Joy on our healing journey path.

Let’s take a page from Marie Kondo. Kondo is a world renowned de-cluttering connoisseur:
“I urge [my clients] to try saying ‘Thank you for keeping me warm all day’ when they hang up their clothes after returning home.”
“… when we fold [clothing], we should put our heart into it, thanking our clothes for protecting our bodies”
“Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you… thank you for teaching me what doesn’t suit me”
“It’s thanks to you that I got so much work done today.” (talking to her shoes)

Here is your homework:
Create a Gratitude Journal.
List 3-5 things everyday that you are grateful for.
Really easy, maybe a stranger smiled at you during your commute to work… Perhaps someone held the door open for you at work .. Did you hear your favorite song on the radio? Did someone give you a compliment? Did you catch the sunrise/sunset? Did you spend time with your loved ones? Try it for a week and let us know how it goes.

Ready. Set. Go.

This post was written by Misia Denea, Misia teaches Sunrise Hatha Yoga every Tuesday at 6am, sign up here!