Gratitude in Action
Over the last couple of weeks in our Yoga for Gratitude series we have reflected on how we can cultivated gratitude in thought and word. In our Gratitude in Thought class we reflected on all the ways that you have cared for your own life and all the elements within your life that help to sustain your life.
In our yoga class on gratitude in word, we learned how to express gratitude when our lives have been enriched by other people’s actions. By recognizing the abundance and life-giving nature of life and expressing how our needs have been met, we offer gratitude. We can also receive gratitude by keeping the celebration alive acknowledging that you are happy that you were able to contribute to another’s well-being.
As practicing gratitude in thought and word becomes a habit we can begin to take grateful action in our lives. Gratitude becomes more than a moment of mindful acknowledgment or expressing thanks. Ralph Marston says, that the real power of gratitude comes from making meaningful and valuable contributions from those things for which you are grateful.
When you put your appreciation into action through creative purpose, gratitude in action is born. Gratitude in action acknowledges the abundance of your life and brings it to life. As yogis we have the opportunity to live our dharma and become agents of collective transformation in the world. By recognizing the good in your life and then turning your abundance into unique value for others, you are offering your gift to the world.
Tim and I have a friend here in Victoria that we know through Trinity’s soccer named Mica. Mica has a gratitude in action practice called Weekly 10 Spot. Weekly 10 Spot is a practice of giving a $10 grocery card to somebody less fortunate and learning and sharing a little bit about their circumstances.
You can find out more about Mica’s gratitude in action practice on instagram at villagepiece or on his website
I know so many of you are recognizing your abundance and gifts and creatively expressing them in the world just like Mica. Take a moment now to reflect with gratitude on all the good in your life and how you turn your abundance into unique value for others. Now ask yourself, what would you most like to receive from this yoga class, how could your yoga practice today help you most? What would you like to create, sustain, release or rebirth in your life?
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supta Padangusthasana or Hand to Big Toe Pose, Counter Rotation Series, Modified Spinal Energy Series, Tree Pose or Vrikshasana, Breath of Joy, Humble Warrior or Baddha Virabhadrasana, Warrior Three or Virabhadrasana Three Pose, Rabbit or Sasangasana, Locust or Salabhasana, Janu Sirsasana or Head Beyond Knee Pose, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Yoga Props: blanket, meditation cushion or chair, yoga blocks, yoga strap
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Take a moment now to reflect with gratitude on all the good in your life and how do you turn offer your abundance in a way that provides unique value to others?
Today we focused on cultivating our creativity, abundance and taking action through gratitude. This relies on connecting with the energy of your chakras. On our membership site we have a series of short 20-30 chakra classes that focus on your rights for each of the chakras, one for each day of the week.
Sending you much love from beautiful British Columbia
May you experience the strength of our mountains
May you be as rooted as the trees in our forest
May your joy be as deep as our Pacific Ocean
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