Practising Gratitude

Just a quickie before I go away for a week and might not be able to write... gratitude is a practice.  It doesn't necessarily come naturally or spontaneously, but you can commit to making sure you make time to be grateful for the good stuff in your life.  Even when your life isn't feeling very positive.  And it will make you feel better.

Today I am grateful to a friend who listened to me talk about myself, for what felt like ages, without getting bored with me/judging me/asking me to hurry up; I am grateful for the excitement of my children, packing their things for a beach holiday; I am grateful for my dog, who I love, and who I had to drop off at the dog hotel today (I'll miss him!).

It's not much, but it's the 'not much' that ends up being everything, isn't it?  The cups of tea with friends; the quiet moment with a book; a comfortable bed; a hot bath; a sunny morning. 

You can make a space in your yoga practice, or in your journal, to think of three things that you are grateful for every day.  You don't need to do this for long before you notice that the same things come up time and again, and that they are not the big things, but the small, quiet happinesses of love and friendship and an ordinary life.

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