Yoga isn’t a magic healer. It isn’t an ancient religion that combats Christianity. Yoga is about mindfulness. Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.” Yoga is about becoming aware of how to navigate the mind and maintain the body in the present moment. Yoga simply aids your body and provides a system of internal and external ethics to aid your belief system. So let’s get those misconceptions out of the way.
In this present moment, I think we deserve to throw a little gratitude our own way. Life doesn’t stop … ever. And our minds run right along with it. Take a moment to be thankful that the present moment provides new and amazing opportunities. We might be angry, upset, frustrated, annoyed and any number of other emotions right now. Be thankful though that our mind is capable of handling the load. Be thankful that we have an opportunity right now to make our joy. Each new moment is an opportunity to be thankful to those around us. Each new moment is an opportunity to be thankful to ourselves. We are worth it. 100%.
Even in difficult situations, gratitude can be cultivated. First acknowledge the difficulty, then find the gift. An example would be “I am angry in this moment, and I am grateful I have a mind which knows this is so and can deal with it.”
Find the gift in the moment of sadness may not eradicate the sadness, but it may bring your emotional body back into balance. There are times when the pain was so acute I had to get down on the floor and cry, sometimes curling into myself and rocking like a child, sometimes lying still. Even in these deep releases of my grief, I consciously acknowledged by gratitude for my big heart and my enormous capacity to feel. Soon after acknowledging my gratitude, my grief abated and I could resume whatever activity the outpouring of emotion had interrupted. I felt emptied out, still sad, but also refreshed and awake to the gift of each moment, each breath.
BOOK – “Yoga for Depression” by Amy Weintraub