Human beings are so insanely hard-wired to notice what goes wrong more often than what goes right, but If we limit our attention to how life lets us down, we blind ourselves to the variety of gifts we are receiving all the time. Even in the midst of a crappy day, we are receiving something.
Life's gifts don't always come in pretty wrapping paper and shiny colorful boxes. Anything that we deem bad or unwanted is also a gift to be thankful for, because when we are finally able to connect the dots, we can see that what seemed like an explosive mine was none other than a bouquet of riches we have gained.
Your holiday with your family turned out to be a total flop, and did not match that ideal you had projected!? The practice of gratitude starts by shifting your attention away from your expectations onto what you can actually be grateful for.
Consider the effort it took your family members to get together; the cars that brought you all to the same spot, all the people who manufactured those cars, the house you are gathered in, the trees burning in the fireplace. And that food you are eating did not just magically appear. Before it was cooked, it required the energy of the sun, the minerals of the earth, the nourishment of water, the sweat of farmers, not to mention the creativity of the cooks in your family, to bring it to your table.
If we could remember to always invert our perspective and look at things as they are, rather than how our mind wants them to be, we can then start to integrate that even the worst situations allow us to feel supported in countless ways.
Investigate the various perspectives on all situations, but If you are going to have one perspective only, let it be aligned with the highest wisdom of yoga: realizing the truth of how connected we are and how fortunate we are to be part of that connection.
Grace is always present, even when your mind is adamant that it’s not. *
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