In yoga class last night,
The flow was good. Very good.
But the message was even better.
And the timing was perfect.
Brittni led us through a loving-kindness meditation.
The Greater Good Science Center, out of the University of California Berkeley, describes loving-kindess (or "metta") meditation as the simple practice of directing well-wishes towards other people.
And also yourself.
It's a simple, yet powerful way to feel happier, pump up the positivity, get yourself on a trajectory of growth, feel more connected, and even change the way you approach life!
Pretty awesome, eh?
How does it work? You simply direct kind, loving feelings to yourself, others (those you love, as well as those you've been feeling tension/negativity towards), and finally, all beings everywhere. It only take a few minutes to do, and it's something anyone can do - including the little ones!
Check out this awesome video to get a better feel for how this works!
I'd gone into class feeling some tension about something (doesn't matter what) someone (doesn't matter who) had said earlier this week. And the metta meditation was exactly what I'd needed.
It left me feeling peace, ease, perspective, compassion, and love for the person who'd been weighing on my mind. It felt like a weight had been lifted: Free from the negativity and the tension. Ready and able to move on.
And that's where the gratitude comes in.
To me, gratitude is like a reality check.
Yeah, things may be crazy at times.
Life may feel really hard.
And it may seem silly to stop and think about what you're grateful for.
But I've found that, especially in those most challenging moments, when we take the time to focus on what's good in our lives (love, friendship, being brave, overcoming fear, telling your story, time to listen, being heard, sitting in the sunshine, making a big change, a hug, a hand, doing what's right), something incredible happens.
And a lightness.
And over time, it grows.
So I invite you to pause for a moment today.
Or even a few times today!
To direct some metta at yourself, the people in your life, and the world.
Lord knows we can (all) always use more loving-kindness.
Maybe even start a list!
I'll kick things off with 5 big things I'm feeling especially grateful for this morning:
- Love in my life.
From family and friends.
People who lift me up, cheer me on, and genuinely care.
I am so grateful for you.
And there are many, actually.
This one is forever shifting and expanding.
But the magic that happens when you connect with people who "get" you is hard to describe.
And I am so grateful for this.
- Meaningful work.
The opporunity to do soemthing that lights me up and makes me feel alive.
With food, natural health, self-care, supporting, educating, empowering.
But most of all: People
For this I am massively grateful.
- My Health.
The ability to breathe clearly, move freely, dance, stretch, run, relax, travel, and snuggle.
These were not always things I could easily do.
And I cherish them now more than ever.
- And even: The Hard Stuff
Because it's shaped and molded me into who I am today.
It's an excellent teacher.
I am stronger, clearer, and more confident in who I am and what I'm capable of because of the challenges.
And you? What are you thankful for right now?
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!
Wherever you may find yourselves today,
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you be safe,
May you be peaceful,
And may you be at ease.