Thursday, January 9, 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 grateful that it was warm enough today to take puppy for a walk.  He is grateful too!
  • I am grateful Lowes still had plenty of the clearance tile I wanted in stock.
  • I am grateful I had enough strength to face my fear--the scale.  I did gain a couple of pounds last month, but I held myself accountable and for that I'm proud.  Now I just need to have the strength to stay away from macadamia chocolate chip cookies!
  • School not being delayed today so I could make it to yoga. 
  • Thankful I got online and read reviews for the tile I was about to buy.  Will be looking for different tile now!

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