“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

Awareness

Pause. Think. Take this moment to ask yourself if you have everything you need- not what you want, what you need. Chances are if you are honest with yourself and take an inventory of all the wonderful people, experiences, moments, breaths that you have taken, you will realize you have everything you could ever want. Go ahead, look up to the sky and thank the universe.

When was the last time you did this? It is tricky being grateful at all moments in time, when our story does not go the way we have written, when the rain clouds will not part- how do we cultivate gratitude in the midst of what seems like chaos?

Explore: Gratitude Journal


Movement

Let peace be your intention as you sink into Malasana, yogi squat.

Malasana – Garland Pose/Yogi Squat

Take a seat into this pose, literally. Malasana is about strengthening your legs, your heart and your ability to tap into coming to a peaceful place despite how your body may feel here. It is by staying in the pose, when you want to come out the most, that you can find the deepest, most peaceful kind of pose.

Directions:

  1. Stand in tadasana feet hip width apart.
  2. Start to sit back as though you were going to take a seat.
  3. You can rest your hands on your thighs or bring your hands together at heart center.
  4. Lift your heart, chin and chest as you sink your hips down.
  5. Stay here for a few inhales and exhales before you gently release to a standing forward fold.

Variations:

  • Add a twist by lowering your left hand and lifting your right as you twist open to your right. Repeat to your left side.

Benefits: 

  • Strengthens and brings flexibility to ankles
  • Increases mobility in the hips
  • Stretches back muscles
  • Soothes some cases of backache
  • Strengthens abdomens
    • Benefits from Yoga Journal

Nutrition

Mindful Eating

When was the last time you were present when you were eating your food? When you took time to savor each bite and as you did, thought about the flavors, the sensations?

Take an orange or any fruit you can start with unpeeling (i.e. banana, apple, etc.)

Start to mindfully unpeel the fruit. Notice the color, the taste, the texture, the smell.

Next close your eyes and start to eat the fruit slowly as you absorb the taste and how if feels to chew and then gently swallow.

Take your time and enjoy. Come back often, the gratitude you have for each bite may amaze you.

Let the comfort of warm souls, lovingly prepared foods and reflections on gratitude nourish you today and everyday thereafter.

Mantra:

Gratitude is my prayer

+ Spiraling Tools

Playlist: NS Gratitude

Recommended Books:

The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life – Janice Kaplan

The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today – Galen Guengerich

The Gratitude Jar: A Simple Guide to Creating Miracles – Josie Robinson