Gratitude is Yoga | Totes Yoga

The definition for gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”.

At the end of a class I will very often say “bow your head with gratitude”

What does this mean? We have had 5-10 minutes in Savasana to relax, reflect, and redefine ourselves.  Just like everything, you can’t have the good without having the bad. In life, you have light and dark; positive and negative.

At the end of one class I was teaching, I began to think about how we view life and the energy it attracts into our lives.  I was recovering from a negative week and it had a lasting impression which surprised me as I am usually a very positive person and in the words of Taylor Swift, I “shake it off”.

We are not in control of our circumstances or the things that happen to us

However, we are in control of our we respond to them. The analogy that came to mind for me was what type of glasses do I want to wear? I can view life through my negative glasses, focusing on what’s not going right or I can put my positive glasses on, reminding myself of everything I have which I am so lucky and grateful to have.

The more I wore my negative glasses, the more negative things came to me and I felt them even heavier. When I’m usually wearing my positive glasses and even when bad things happen, I try to see the best in them, they usually work out for the best and something better comes along.

This type of thinking does take practice if you feel like you are in a cycle of negativity

My mind sometimes does go to the negative which causes anxiety and stress and that’s ok because at the end of the day we are only human and should not be afraid to experience our real feelings. So the question is, do you want to dwell on that negativity or move onwards and upwards?

More than ever, we need more gratitude in our lives. In the negative, look for positives. In the dark, look for light. Keep going, you’ve got this.

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