Need for more, bigger, better…
Everyday I get the same message: what we have is not enough. We must have More. More money. More fame. More rock n roll. We must be Better. Have a Better job. A Better pair of shoes. A Better body. We must have Bigger. A Bigger house. A Bigger car. A Bigger pay cheque. As the end of the year fast approaches, let us take stock of what is truly important and acknowledge the gifts that we already have in our lives. Are you a victim of the sense of lack? Paradoxically, once we express deep-felt gratitude, our life blooms open and abundance pours forth. Coming from a mindset that what you have is not enough, you will always feel a sense of lack. If you are a multi-millionaire and are disconnected with gratitude, you will be unsatisfied. If you are an aspiring yoga enthusiast disconnected with gratitude, being able to perform that challenging asana that you have been working on for days or weeks or months will bring a fleeting joy because as soon as you have accomplished the pose, you will already be on the lookout for the next challenging one. And in doing so, you have completely missed the point.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. As Melody Beattie said ?It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow.?
Here are three gratitude practices to cultivate in your yoga and meditation practice and in your daily life.