JULY 14, 2009: As Gratitude is something which none of us can give too much I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you sharing your time with me by coming to class. Your support encourages me to work even harder at serving you better. I really want to offer you the most beautiful, caring environment and inspiring classes possible so at the end of when you have a tough day you can regain clarity.
Is Your Soul Asleep? I REMEMBER WHEN MINE WAS. THIS PRACTICE OF YOGA WOKE ME UP. IT WOKE ME UP TO MAKING GRATITUDE A HABIT.
When your soul is in charge your life becomes a LOVE STORY.
A love story between you and yourself, between you and everybody else, between you and the divine…...I’d love to seduce you into wondering about your soul; the way it moves, how it smells, feels, tastes, speaks, acts, even what it wears. And most Importantly how it is part of you that makes you a fascinating, mysterious individual. (By Gabrielle Roth – Sweat your Prayers)
A healthy Gratitude Habit can in the words of Melody Beattie "unlock the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Sometimes all it takes to reconnect to our Gratitude Habit is coming back to the mat and reigniting that inner light through gentle reminder of how lucky we really are. "Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." (Albert Schweitzer) So this week join me in taking the gratitude habit from the mat into the world. How? Try this:
· Reverse any tendency you have to make comparisons.
· Quit talking about what you don't have compared to what you have;
· Stop complaining about how you are doing career-wise, relationship-wise, or any other-wise.
· Instead, concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, saying to yourself from morning to night “I am grateful for…”
And I promise you will discover a life filled with gratitude wakes up and nurtures your soul and brings quiet joy! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
“Gratitude is confidence in life itself.
Gratitude gladdens the heart.
As gratitude grows it gives rise to joy.
Like gratitude joy gladdens the heart.
We can be joyful for people we love,
for moments of goodness, for sunlight and trees,
and for the breath within us.
And as our joy grows
we finally discover a happiness without cause.
We can rejoice in life itself, in simply being alive!”
—From “The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess, and Peace” By Jack Kornfield