This week has been “one of those weeks”. Nothing bad has happened, I have nothing to complain about, it’s not been stressful, in fact anything but, but I’ve just had a bit of a funny week. When I have these weeks I never know if it’s down to being a woman, being human or just juggling one too many things but sometimes I just can’t quite put my finger on why I’m feeling a bit odd. So when I have these weeks I try to remind myself to be grateful, to remind myself of all the gifts I have in my life so that instead of focussing on feeling a bit “odd” I can turn my attention to feeling grateful.
This is where I find teaching yoga has been such a boon in my life. I can use the opportunity I have within my classes to try to inspire other people and at the same time I am able to remind myself of things I may have forgotten.
This week I brought the theme of gratitude into my classes. Only in a subtle way- but just to try to bring in the idea, to remind people of what ultimately they already know. We used our opening breath focus to connect with our heart centres and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for in our lives- breathing in and expanding our hearts, breathing out and sending out a message of thanks. A small thing but it felt like a nice way to begin class and to take a moment to reflect while our minds were quiet. I also used our time in savasana to connect with the gifts of each of our senses and to give thanks for our bodies keeping us strong and healthy. I can’t vouch for my students of course but it felt good to take a moment to reflect on all the processes that have to work within our bodies in order to keep us alive: our breath, our hearts beating, our eyes letting us see the world, our ears connecting us with sounds…and so much more. Just taking a moment to acknowledge each of these gifts, giving thanks and sending this message out to the universe.
I also came across a lovely little image which I gave to each of my students and which I am including here (it’s not mine- I don’t think my handwriting would look so good – but I did add the text at the top right hand corner). If you click on it you should be able to make it bigger and then if you like you can print it out and fill in what you are thankful for and keep it somewhere prominent as a reminder. I think sometimes seeing things in black and white helps to reinforce an idea. I have given one to my daughter to fill out and am pinning mine to my notice board so I can refer to it when I’m having “one of those weeks” again 🙂
Ultimately, if we have good health, a little love and happiness in our lives, our loved ones are healthy and we have a roof over our heads and food on the table, that’s a good enough start and we can build from there…