“The attitude of Gratitude is the highest form of yoga” Yogi Bhajan
I think we would all agree that perspective is truly everything. But are we truly aware of how much our perspective influences our quality of life? And further, are we aware of how we can learn to change our perspective to help us move through our days with just a little more ease and grace?
For example, You see the glass as half full and your partner sees it as half empty. So who’s right?
BUT who moves through the rest of their day feeling better, and more equipped to deal with life’s daily stressors?
My money’s on the half full.
From personal experience, I know if I’m having a good day, things are going well and I’m feeling good I’m 10x more likely to view everything I encounter as a heck of a lot more positive than if I’m in a foul mood.
Now, let’s be real. We all have good days and bad. But when those bad days start to overwhelm us and we start to spiral down the thought path of doom and gloom, GRATITUDE is the best tool we can use to help pull us out.
For change to occur in our lives one of two things have to happen.
1) Your life changes around you or 2) You change.
Practicing gratitude is one of the quickest ways to change our mindset and when we change our mindset we look at things differently and we change!
When we open our eyes to gratitude all of a sudden things start to fall in place.
Waiting for things to happen around us is a losing battle so if we really want change to occur WE need to be the instigating factor.
Gratitude teaches us how to focus on what we have rather than what we have not. And where our attention goes, energy flows, momentum is created and life becomes more effortless.
So even though you got stuck in traffic, couldn’t find a park and after a long day at work you find a parking ticket on your car, how much better would the rest of your day be if you could still see the positive, rather than wallowing in your bad luck?
Instead, of moping around why not take 5 minutes to reflect on what you do have. Instead of cursing the parking meter guy, reflect on how lucky you are to have a car, to have somewhere to be late to, to be able to vent to your supportive partner. How much better would that feel?
That my friends, is the essence of yoga, off the mat.
Here’s 3 ways to feel more grateful:
One Try the No-Complaining challenge for 10 days. When you find yourself talking about what isn’t going right or what you’re lacking – “I wish people could drive”, “I wish my car was nicer”, “I don’t have enough money”. Replace these thoughts or words of what you DO have and what you ARE thankful for.
Two Keep a Gratitude Journal. First thing in the morning or last thing at night, write down 5 things you’re grateful for. Whilst you might struggle at first, the more you practice the more you’ll notice how bloody lucky you are to be so supported.
Three Practice being in the Present Moment. When we get out of our heads and into our hearts it becomes a lot clearer as to all of the beauty and bounty that surrounds us. It allows us to step away from the stories of our mind and check in with what and who really matters in our life.
By Elise Danielle
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