A couple days ago, I was talking with a friend about how much yoga has corrupted her soul. Now I know what you’re thinking: Yoga… soul-corrupting? Surely not. Well, she didn’t mean it in the usual sense. We were discussing how it’s easy to miss the little things in life, the small pleasures that you might miss out on in favour of rushing to get to the coffee shop or checking your smartphone for the tenth time in twenty minutes. Our conversation actually gave me a lot to think about.

What she meant by soul-corrupting was that when listening to other people be miserable and complain about each thing, she wants to reach out and talk to them about how they could change their lives for the better really easily. Things like choosing happiness and reminding yourself what you’re grateful for each day are only some of the intentions that yoga teachers set… but they they’re also simple fix-its for the everyday curmudgeon. At this point I wasn’t sure if soul-corrupting was the best word we were using. But then again, half of my conversations can sometimes consist of just complaining, so maybe yoga is corrupting our souls in the good kind of corruption-way.

Choosing Not to Complain

When you choose not to complain, there’s other, better, things to focus on. Appreciating the little things in life, for example, can be more than a mantra that we tell ourselves each day, instead it can be a practice. One of my favourite ways to wake up in the morning is to make myself a strong cup of earl grey with full fat milk and sit down to read the news for thirty minutes. It’s not much, only 1/48 of each day spent doing something that I love. Somehow though, that little meditative action of stirring my tea and relaxing in my pyjamas makes me excited to wake up and get the day started. My friend’s simple pleasure is watching her sugar cube dissolve in her coffee. That’s less than five or so minutes dedicated to her own small piece of happiness (and it sounds fantastic).

Breathe and Enjoy

It’s easy to forget about taking a second to breathe and enjoy something you love; in fact, am more than guilty of this from day to day. Sometimes I wake up and rush to get my to-do list done and barely spend any time for myself and I’m beyond exhausted by the end of the day. But, there are other times. Those are the times that I actually take a deep breath and take a 10 minute walk outside. Those are the days I mindfully eat my food instead of inhaling it, and those are some of the more memorable times that I look back on when I’m stressed or anxious. It’s not much, but sometimes taking time for the little things is just enough to make me smile.

What little things do you enjoy in your life, friends? Tell us in the comments!

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