This weekend I experienced one of those joyful moments of gratitude again, when a sense of absolute calm descended over me, whilst sitting under the trees in the sunshine. It is a moment when the world feels right and my place in it feels secure ...
Gratitude can come from anywhere, even just by sitting under the trees!
You may feel I am talking hogwash, or you could have experienced this yourself before? It is moments like these that my heart is flooded with sincere gratitude for the simple gift of life and all the little and big joys that come with it.
"In yoga we refer to this as Santosha!"
Santosha (Contentment): "Look to yourself and your own innate goodness for happiness; that is the only place you will truly find it. Santosha also means being present. Rather than wishing for things to be different in your life, accept and appreciate the reality of what is.
Do you really need things to be different to be happy? Choose to be happy now. Cultivate Santosha by making gratitude a daily practice. Notice the moments you are happy, even if they seem to be few and far between. Keep a gratitude journal. Count your blessings. Remind yourself often, 'I have enough. I am enough'
Practising yoga creates awareness of the sensations in the body and helps us to re-connect to how and what we really feel. It always starts with taking the first step. A little change that is manageable goes a very long way and the sense of achievement when the benefits of that little change is experienced is immense.
That will lead to the next little step followed by even bigger steps. It is a choice. Do yourself the favour of starting that life-changing journey in a way that makes sense to you right now.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about how you can find your way to gratitude through yoga, do call me on 07768 314962, leave a comment below or click the Messenger icon in the bottom right of your browser to chat.
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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