Happy Monday! We hope your weekend was great and that you are energized for the week ahead. This #MindfulnessMonday we want to talk about practicing having an attitude of gratitude.
In our world of mass consumption and social sharing we see A LOT! We see romantic shots of a couple's "perfect" relationship, we see news of a high school peer's latest promotion, we see how our friend ran 10K in under 50 minutes, and we see that so and so went on this amazing trip to Tahiti. We see, we watch and unfortunately we compare. We think, why doesn't my boyfriend leave me love notes? Am I progressing enough professionally? Why can't I run that fast? Why aren't in Tahiti!? And this is all normal, but it is not really helpful. It takes us out of our own here and now, which we should be enjoying for exactly what it is.
So, this week we want to ask to try to practice an attitude of gratitude. This can be done in many ways. It can be done in the form of a list where you just write down or think to yourself 3-5 things you are grateful for today. And, these don't have to be earth shattering things - it can be "I am grateful that I have $4 to buy the latte that I so enjoy". Practicing an attitude of gratitude can also be done on-the-go, for example, while in a yoga class if you feel yourself getting frustrated that you are not deep enough in a pose, turn those negative thoughts around and think about how far you've come in your practice and be grateful for that. Or, maybe be grateful for the fact that you have the time to go to yoga at all. Or, that your body is physically well enough to do yoga at all.
We know how easy it is to focus on all the things we are not, all the things we lack, all the things we wish we were more of. And, it is okay to strive for more, to work for more. We are just asking you to be grateful and positive in the process.
Today, we are grateful for: 1) having time to work out this morning (that's out of the way!) 2) a little book club we just started 3) our supportive friends and family 4) chocolate, we're always grateful for chocolate.
Have a great week everyone, namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.