Tuesday, January 7, 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:
  • I am so, so grateful that I did not wake to frozen pipes like many of my friends and neighbors.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.
  • I am grateful that even though there are things I could be doing, nothing is imperative.  Errands can wait for warmer temperatures!
  • Even though I had planned to attend two yoga classes today,  I am grateful that despite my schedule being thrown off with a two hour school delay, I will still be able to attend one.
  • I am super grateful that my tile guy contacted me back today and will be starting tomorrow.  The boys have been without their own bathroom for too long.
  • I am grateful that my children didn't have any activities after school so they can use their time to complete their homework.

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