With Deep Gratitude

 Last week was one of those up & down crazy weeks.  I was coming down off the high of having spent a whole day in NYC reconnecting and sharing classes with our NYC Yoga Bliss community.  To say my heart was full would be an understatement…I was overflowing with joy, and light, and gratitude to be able to get together, be in community, picking up right where we left off. Yet, heading into the week I found it difficult to find the rhythm: there was a lot going on, and I felt like I couldn’t keep up with the cooking, the shopping, the laundry, the teaching, the prepping for my next course, the shuttling of Maddie Rose to where she needed to be…I just felt out of synch.

 

By Wednesday I started to feel a little more connected to my routine, and ready to dive into my day. But as luck would have it, my town and two other neighboring towns lost power for about 5 hours. Within a long moment of surrender, I put again on hold, much of the work I had scheduled to do, and shifted gears to focus on some long-term projects and planning. Later that same day, and still without power, I drove over the tiniest of nails and got a flat tire, rendering the second half of my day as unproductive as the first part.  As I sat in the car waiting for AAA to help me change the tire, I fully surrendered – clearly the universe had very different plans for me and many of us that day.

 

While it felt like a long and frustrating day of banging my head against a wall, when I picked up my gratitude journal that night, I realized I had much to be grateful for:

  • electricity
  • a patched up tire
  • that I was safe
  • a fantastic husband who changed his plans to help out with our kiddo
  • AAA and being able to have that service
  • a warm home
  • a freshly cooked meal…

And that to me is the power of this practice of gratitude: it reminds us that no matter how challenging life might become, there is always something to be grateful for.  Taking time to acknowledge even one thing to be grateful for by its very nature leads us into a huge perspective shift.

 

And maybe most importantly, we need not practice gratitude only when things are going “right” – we need to remember to practice it all the time, especially during those challenging times, when things seem to be going all wrong.  Then and only then will we see what is actually working, what is truly right…that life is actually fuller than we think, and that this fullness, this richness comes more from the little things in life – the things we might take for granted like the electricity, or our partner, or even that extra blanket on the bed.

 

Take a moment, if you are willing, right now to pause, and jot down at least 3 things you are grateful for.  Let that seep into your heart, so that you can appreciate and savor all that is good. Please feel free to share with us what you are grateful for on our Facebook page.

 

Blessings to you all.  I’m so grateful for you, your presence and for being a part of our community.

 

I wish you all a very peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving.  May your heart and home be filled with love, laughter and all that is dear to you!

Peace, Love, and Bliss,

Beth

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