How I Learned to Be Grateful
I remember the struggle.
I knew that keeping a gratitude journal was something I should do.
So I got a book, and I started.
I wanted to. And still, remembering to write in it was a struggle. Finding things to write was a struggle. I always felt like I was writing the same things, over and over again.
It felt as an obligation. Not something I wanted to do.
I believe that I kept that journal for several months, on and off. And then, I forgot about it.
I do not know when it shifted.
When gratitude became the word I live by.
Today, I am grateful. For everything.
For everything in my life.
When I go through a challenge, I stop and show my gratitude. Even though I really would rather skip that challenge.
I dedicate all my yoga classes to the higher power, thanking for all the opportunities I´ve gotten. At the end, I create a time for showing gratitude. And then, I thank myself and my students for showing up.
And every single night, before I go to bed, I close my eyes and give thanks for that day. Somehow, this started as a habit, without me really noticing, and now, I can only go to sleep after I´ve shown my gratitude.
And my next step is to say thank you when I wake up in the morning.
Like I said, I do not know when it shifted.
However, I am sure that yoga has everything to do with it.
I remember taking the time to be grateful when finishing a yoga class being lead by other teachers.
I remember closing my eyes and finding 10 things I was grateful for in Savasana.
And then, I remember starting to dedicate my practice to some higher power, during my YTT.
All of this was offered by other yoga teachers.
And slowly, it became a part of me as well.
Now, gratitude is a part of me.
And I strive to model this for my students.
Whoever I am teaching; children, young people or adults, I put the focus on gratitude.
I start the class with an intention and end it with gratitude.
And at the end of every class, my students thank themselves for coming. And they thank the other students, that shared their energy during the class.
I believe that this way, I will slowly teach them what I have learned.
To be grateful for all, both the wonderful and the challenging.
And to trust, with gratitude.
How do you cultivate gratitude in your life? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!