Cultivating Gratefulness Daily

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“The cosmos is filled with precious gems. I want to offer you a handful of them to you this morning. Each moment you are alive is a gem, shining through and containing Earth and Sky, Water and clouds. It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. You are the richest person on Earth, who have been going around begging. Stop being the destitute child. Come back and claim your heritage. Enjoy your happiness. And offer it to everyone. Cherish this very moment. Let go of the stream of distress and embrace life fully in your arms.”~Thich Nhat Hanh

This month I am focusing on the things I am grateful for. It was the theme of my recent yoga training and something I desire to incorporate daily into my life.

Too often we get wrapped in our own head focusing on all the things we don’t have in our life. I’m learning to be more grateful, starting when I wake up in the morning. Instead of rushing to the shower, to make food, even to my yoga practice, I sit with myself and feel my breath. I take time to connect with myself before I rush to attend the outside world.

1471156_10152815593061431_5705911248518210881_nMy yoga training helped me put into perspective the meaning and joy of just getting up in the morning. For a long time I focused on what was wrong rather than what was right in front of me every single day.

And then someone said something to me that changed me forever. Instead of dwelling on the question, “Why did this trauma happen? What is there to be grateful about?” one of the lovely and wise yoga students said to me, “But Ruth, it brought you here.” And he was right. I’m exactly where I want and need to be on my journey. The trauma event(s) isolated may not be a positive experience, but what you can become after, and where you can go is endless. Open your heart and mind to the possibility. Be open to where it can lead you to, because it’s incredible.

I’m grateful to be exactly where I am. I know I still have a lot I want to accomplish, see and do, but I feel content and proud of how far I have come. We can choose to use our hearts unnamed-2to guide us and take us where we really belong or we can remain stuck in the victim mentality society has constructed for us. At one time we may of been a victim, but now it’s time to heal and discover what your body, mind and heart are capable of achieving.

It may not feel like it at this moment, but your life has purpose. Your trauma is just part of your life experience, but it’s not who you are. You are an amazing human being who has potential to transform and change this world for the better.

What are you grateful for? Every morning I encourage you to wake up and reflect on what you’re grateful for before you even get out of bed. Take time to connect with yourself, your breath, and remember who you are and how far you have come. Honor your life. Be grateful for where you are and how far you have come. It brought you here. For that alone I am grateful. 

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Feeding The Heart is a blog and resource dedicated to empowerment for whole heart living after trauma. I'm a writer, trauma sensitive-informed yoga teacher, and a trauma survivor here to share my story and journey of holistically healing.

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