Friday, January 10, 2014

Daily Dose of Gratitude

In yoga, we practice SANTOSA, which means contentment.  According to B.K.S. Iyengar, "Contentment has to be cultivated.  A mind that is not content, cannot concentrate."  The yogi feels the lack of nothing (does not want) and so he/she feels naturally content.  Contentment gives bliss.

 Fifteen years ago, my husband dragged me across the country kicking and screaming so he could continue his education at Arizona State University.  I am forever grateful to him for his foresight.  Since that time, life has been a giant roller coaster ride of adventure, with every curve just as exciting as the last.  It's easy to be grateful for the big, life-altering events.  The real challenge is finding gratitude in the mundane tasks of day to day life.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Today I managed to get the Christmas decorations put away.  I know, I know, what was the hurry!?  Better late than never!  I love the feeling of productivity.
  • The rain kept the contractor away.  I greatly/gratefully enjoyed the quietude today.
  • I woke up at 2 a.m. with severe tummy pain.  I thought I was dying.  I'm glad I didn't.
  • My husband will be home early today so I can go to a yoga weekend immersion.  I'm grateful to him for his support and understanding.
  • So happy my son remembered to bring home his saxophone and music so I don't have to run up to the school and get it.

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