On gratitude and indications of an extraordinary good fortune
Whenever I find myself in a negative place or a low place, I realize that I’ve lost touch with gratitude. I’ve written about my daily gratitude journal practice before, but yesterday’s gratitude journal was extraordinarily powerful. In the moments that I was journaling, I became acutely aware of how much I have to be grateful for. It reminded me of an excerpt from “Brining Yoga to Life” by Donna Farhi. Of course, this is in the context of yoga practice, but it could truly be appreciated by anyone reading this post. Please enjoy the excerpt below:
“Of all the qualities that can transform a life practice, gratitude and faith stand supreme. The supporting qualities of these two noble attributes transform every aspect of practice from start to finish. Before you begin your yoga practice, spend a few moments contemplating these truths. First, you are alive. You happened! It could well have turned out differently. Second, your life circumstances are such that you could afford to buy this book, and you are educated enough to read it. It is likely that you have shelter, a place to sleep, and food to eat. Further, you have access to spiritual teachings, teachers, and the time to practice. These are indications of an extraordinary good fortune. Those who find themselves in such favorable circumstances are only a fraction of the world’s people. Recognizing these facts and contemplating their significance is a good way to start the day, helping to erase cynicism and brining a freshness to each new day. No matter how sore, tired, or unwell you feel, what incredible good fortune that you have the tools to improve your condition and your life.”
I first read this book in Bali, where true world poverty was evident and it reminded me how lucky I am to live the life I do. And it also reminded me how much I take for granted. If you are reading this, you have access to the internet, and this blog. And no matter how you’re feeling, or where you’re at in your journey, you too have access to the tools to improve your life any any point in time. This is evidence of a truly extraordinary life. Could you imagine if you took the time regularly to remember this? Happy weekend!