Author Bréne Brown writes, “Without gratitude there is no joy.” The magic behind gratitude is that you cannot be angry or fearful and simultaneously grateful. While gratitude and joy coexist, fear and gratitude do not. Try it on. Close your eyes and think of a source of great conflict in your life. Now think about three things you are truly grateful for in your life. Focus on each of these things and the feeling associated to them and then return your attention to your conflict. With the same amount of gratitude you created, consider what you can do to resolve the conflict. Notice if you can create more ease and peace around it by starting with gratitude. This exercise when repeated over and over allows us to shift our perspective and step out of suffering and into choice.
When I opened my letter from David this morning, I thought of Bréne Brown’s quote as David has clearly adopted an attitude of gratitude and is finding that time is truly flying by quickly. Enjoy his words with equal joy and gratitude. Namasté, Leslie
“I talk about [Toledo Yoga] often in here and my students are blown away and are in awe about what is possible through this practice and living in a different way where there is love and acceptance. It’s crazy how universal the teaching and practice of yoga is. It is definitely blurring the divisions of people in here that keeps this place so segregated and in a feeling of fear and anxiety. Without yoga, and my community out there, I don’t know how I would be able to handle this place. I am so grateful for you and the whole staff and community there for all the love and support. Have a great Fall! Enjoy the mandala that I drew for the studio :)”
Love and Light,
David, the Humble Warrior