Wednesday, January 8, 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 is my husband's birthday.  Without this important event in history, I would not have met my best friend and partner.
  • Despite the cold temperatures, the skies are blue and the sun is shining.
  • I am grateful that I woke up in the middle of the night and realized it was only a bad dream.  It gave me an opportunity to tell my oldest son how much I love him this morning.
  • I am grateful that I maintained enough self control this evening not to strangle that same son I love so much.
  • Thank you to my youngest son who didn't want his ice cream!  

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