Last week I was feeling the love! I taught backbends in my classes and we discussed how love relates to vulnerability. We all feel fear at the thought of putting ourselves in a vulnerable position and expressing our feelings. But by doing so, we let love in. I have been working on being vulnerable, and last week it felt like it was all coming together and the vulnerability had been worth it.
Riding off this love, I started reflecting on all of the positives in my life and came up with a long list of things I am grateful for. Honoring the good keeps me in a happy mood, but also keeps me open to continue to receive love from all sides. And whenever I do feel a dip in my mood, I have something tangible I can look back on as a reminder for everything that has brought me happiness.
I thought I would get a little personal in today’s post and share some of my current gratitude list. I also encourage you to make your own. You can do it at the end of every day, at the end of each week, or at the culmination of a month as a “highlights reel.” Your gratitude practice can look like whatever you want it to be. I know a couple people on Instagram that post a list every Friday, I make a list in my bullet journal every Sunday, but there are so many more options. Give it a go and see what works for you.
A Gratitude List:
Phone calls and text messages. This one might sound weird, but my best friend, Jessie, lives in Australia. Thanks to social media, we can keep in contact easily, but phone calls and texts are hard. However, she has been in the States for a week and will be for a bit longer so we have actually been able to text and talk on the phone on a regular basis. Despite us all having phones these days, I find that communication is harder than ever. But today I am thankful for the advances of technology and I am not taking them for granted. I’m celebrating every text, every phone call.
Friends. Continuing on the same path, I am so grateful for wonderful friends. Jessie and I have known each other since we were 8 years old. Here we are almost 20 years later, often with half of the world between us, yet we are still sisters at heart. I had a moment last week when I asked, “Is this TMI?” But immediately after I said, “If I can’t say this to you, then who the hell can I?” And of course it wasn’t too much at all. Jessie never judges. She laughs with me when I tell her my embarrassing stories, not at me. It doesn’t matter where in the world we are, or what time it is, she will always be there for me. How did I get so lucky?
My students. I have the greatest students on Earth. They are kind, excited to learn, brave, compassionate, and all around badass. Thank you for trusting me with your beautiful practices.
Yoga. I fall deeper and deeper in love with the teachings of yoga every day, but my passion has felt more powerful than ever over the past year. I have felt the benefits within my own body, and I am so happy that I get to spend the rest of my life diving farther into its depths and passing it on to those around me. I also have so much love for the yoga communities I am a part of.
Heidi. I am obsessed with my dog. I’ve been working on knitting a cardigan so I laid it out on my floor last week as it was starting to take shape. Heidi walked in the door and laid down right on top of it. I melted into a puddle. Pardon my language, but it was so fucking cute.
Beautiful, sweet moments. Some connections and moments are fleeting, but I’m not going to let what happened before or after ruin them. Lately this has show up as meeting an adorable, newly adopted puppy in the line at Petsmart, receiving a positive reaction after stepping into my vulnerability and sending a scary text, coming home to cookies my dad bought for me, and singing with friends in the car on a Friday night.
Stay grateful, my friends.