Gratitude ... so often overlooked in today's busy lifestyle, but yet so very powerful.
Why is gratitude so important?
When we are truly grateful, it is difficult to be afraid of just about anything.
When we are truly grateful, it is difficult to be sad or upset emotionally for any length of time.
When we are grateful, it is much easier to overcome our fears and step into a higher version of yourself.
And ... when we are grateful, our confidence increases almost immediately. Why? Because we get out of our own heads and connect with a higher power. We focus on the postive instead of the negative.
We see the good things already present in our lives, and we hone in on them. All of the things that seemed so important fade away, and we see clearly.
Sure, there are a million things you don’t have. But there are a million things that you DO HAVE. Focus on them.
Here are 10 steps to achieving gratitude in your own life ... and bringing it into your life and your yoga mat.
You have to appreciate your life. You are alive and breathing. Take time for yourself and quiet the noise from the outside world. Listen to the inspiration that naturally flows in.
When you change the way you look at the world, your world will change. What you focus on, you create more of. So, instead of focusing on what you don't have, why not focus on what you do have. Instead of doubting yourself, be optimistic on what you can create in your own life.
Release the Past
When you live in the past, you can't focus on the future. You can't change the past ... so learn from it and move on. Grow from your mistakes (both on and off the mat) and then turn to your focus to what you can create in the future.
Stop Comparing Yourself:
You are unique. There is not a single other person just like you. Isn't that amazing? Not a single person just like you. Embrace that. For example, don't waste your entire yoga experience envying how flexible your neighbor is. Don't waste your energy wondering why you don't have as much money as your coworker.
Be kind to yourself. Some days will be tougher than others. Sometimes you may feel as though you aren't making any progress on your mat or in your life. Every day you are slightly different than you were on any other day of your life. Be kind to yourself on the bad days because these days will help you appreciate and enjoy the good ones!
Stop the Excuses
Everyone can participate in yoga at some level. Every single person. So, stop making excuses. The "I'm too busy" or "I'm out of shape" aren't going to cut it. No matter who you are, what you look like or the physical shape of your body ... you can do it and you can get better and better. (Hint ... this applies to much more than just yoga)
Commit to Yourself and your Goals
When you truly commit to something and keep going at it ... day after day ... you will see progress and you will see success. You can't give up after one or two attempts. Consistency and commitment are essential. So, if you are new to yoga ... commit to it. Keep showing up. Watch your progress
Take Care of your Body
It is amazing how so many of us put our bodies at risk every day. We don't eat well, we don't get enough rest and we don't exercise. Yes, life is busy. But we only have one body to live in - and how will we ever keep up with our busy lifestyle if we don't take care of it. Prioritize yourself and your body. Don't ever forget to take care of yourself.
Believe in Yourself
I know that some days are rough. I know that failure and falling flat on your face doesn't feel good. But when you learn how to pick yourself back up over and over ... you stop falling quite as often. You get back on track quicker. Life is better. Believe in yourself because you can accomplish whatever you want to in life.
Share a compliment to a fellow yogi. Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Give a few dollars to the needy beggar on the street corner. Give, give, and give some more. Make it a habit. The more you give in life, the more you will receive. Believe: in the possible even when it seems impossible
Just like anything else in life, gratitude takes practice. You must build your gratitude muscle consistently in order to fully see all the benefits it can bring to your life ... both on and off the yoga mat.