So yesterday was not a good day, if I could, I would have stayed in bed all day. I was feeling a bit low about all sorts of stuff and the weather didn’t help either. I had some woes weighing heavy on my mind and was feeling negative, tired and completely de-motivated which actually is not like me at all. However, I know that this is a common time of the year (in the Northern hemisphere) to feel a little bit despondent, overwhelmed or woeful.
Then this morning after a terrible night’s sleep and many hot flushes to boot, I told myself to get it together, I had a busy day of teaching ahead. I remembered my most basic yoga grounding rules to adhere by when the going gets tough, to stay ‘present’ and another one that is the simplest and most effective way to turn a negative day, week or month around into something more positive and better is to focus on ‘gratitude’.
I went downstairs, sat in meditation and mentally reminded myself of all of the things that I have to be grateful for. It started with my body, my breath, my health, my home, my family and then the list went on forever… once you start, it always does. I often teach this type of meditation and its always so uplifting. As I write this now, I have since taught 3 one to ones, walked my dog in the woods and done my own practice too, I am also very inspired about the class I’m teaching this evening and completely have my mojo back. Don’t get me wrong, my problems have not magically disappeared, I still have some stuff to work through but I have a different perspective now .
I know there is so much fatigue and low self esteem out there at the moment, so hopefully this may inspire and lift you too if you’re resonating with this post. I’ve read both of these poems out in class before and I will be reading them out this week too – enjoy!
It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in you settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgment drops to a whisper and you
remember again that life isn’t a relay
race; that waking up to life is what we
were born for. As many times as you
forget, catch yourself charging forward,
that many times you can make the choice
to stop, to breathe, to be, and to walk
slowly into the mystery.
By Danna Faulds
Gratitude unlocks 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.
By John O’Donohue
Love B xxx