I had one of those mornings (or maybe a month of mornings?) where it felt like that little grey cloud was hovering over me – broken toilet, bad coffee, bills to pay, slow bus, loud passengers. As I neared the yoga studio I suddenly caught a perceptive glimpse of myself. Here I am in this exciting city, owning an apartment with my dear husband, in a job I love and having wonderful friends. Uh… what am I moaning about?
Easy to forget the dark times when things are going well and to nitpick and picknit everything and everyone when things aren’t going our way. We close ourselves off in our bubble of man-made misery.
Yoga wisdoms teach us to be grateful for what we have. Because we have more than we need, and we are everything we should be. As we focus on the more positive aspects, life seems fuller, and we experience more contentment (santosha). No need to delude ourselves, just take a good hearty look. As my good friend always says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” . Your strong challenges will come don’t you worry about that, so preserve your adrenaline for when you actually need it, don’t deplete yourself.
Remembering your lot i.e. being grateful means bringing it back in, shutting off the “I wants” from the outside (not looking at the big A-boards telling you what you need). In your deep core you know you have enough. Go deep and see yourself for who you are, then spread out the lurve, the luff, the love!
Practising santosha: just before you drift to sleep and first thing as you wake , on the threshold of consciousness, think of three things you are really grateful for. They can be very small or very big, they can be the same thing everyday, but make sure you mean it.