Meditations from the Mat :: Attitude of Gratitude

I have this friend who, no matter what he is going through, has the amazing ability of remaining in an attitude of gratitude. It blows my mind because he has been through some really difficult stuff, yet he stays grateful for all of his daily blessings; from a roof over his head, to the health of his family. I on the other hand, have the amazing ability to get all caught up in my shit and throw, hands down, the best pity party in town!

So why is this? I know how blessed I am. I write my gratitude list and spent time mediating on my daily blessings. I watch the news and know how easy I have it as a middle class American. Yet, when shit goes south, I tend to curl up into a ball and act as if the whole world is coming to an end. This is something I struggle with because I want to live in this space of gratitude. So… just like self love… how do I make this happen? What steps do I need to take to pull myself up by the boot straps, put on my big girl panties, and not just remember how truly blessed I am, but to live that truth?

Here is what I have come up with so far.

Don’t just write a list, read the list.

Writing a gratitude list is important but going back to it every day and reading over it is so important. It keeps our blessings in the forefront of our minds. Read your list out loud so you also hear all the amazing blessings you have been given. Do this as many times as you need to throughout your day.

Get moving!

When you find yourself in this down and out mindset, stop what you are doing and get your body moving. Go for a walk, play with your kids or puppies, practice yoga, hit the gym, or just dance it out in your living room. Do what you need to do to get out of your head and back into your body because that is were your true and grateful soul resides.

Head out into nature.

I don’t know about you but when I surround myself with nature whether it’s heading into the woods, or putting my feet into the ocean, I am reminded of just how small I really am! There is this insanely large word out there and past that there is a universe larger than our minds can even comprehend. Getting back into this mindset helps me see things much clearer and remember that while my situation may be big in my world, it is very small when compared to the BIG picture.

This too shall pass.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is definitely much easier said than done but when you really have the ability to remind yourself that this is just a season and it will pass just like the last one did, it can really help pull you back into that attitude of gratitude. Even if you are just grateful for the fact that this season will eventually pass. Haha. Hey man, whatever works!

So why is it so important to remain in this attitude of gratitude? To me, it’s important because as long as I can remember where I came from, what I have been given, and how unbelievably blessed I truly am… I can show up and do the work I was put on this earth to do. I can help others and be a light in such a dark world. We are all called to serve with a unique purpose and it’s only when we can step outside the bullshit and see clearly that we can really make a difference and live our lives to the fullest!

Now that’s what I’m talking about!