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Yoga Girl Daily - July 2nd 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Thankful Thursday, Gratitude, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today’s gratitude practice is centered around our physical bodies - and where they struggle.

What if, through this struggle, your body is trying to show you the way?

Tune in to learn the epiphany Rachel discovered through her asthma, and how you can embrace every aspect of your body, even the ones that are hard.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Thursday, and welcome to our gratitude practice of this week. Today, I have a really special practice in mind for our Thankful Thursday, and the reason I'm bringing this practice right now is because I recently had a huge epiphany in this specific area of my life. And I want to share it with you and invite you to explore this area as well. Today, we are giving gratitude to an ailment that we have been experiencing in the body or to pain that we have been experiencing in the body or illness or a disease, some sort of discomfort challenge struggle around our body, our health and our wellbeing. And this might sound like a really radical, strange thing to try to find gratitude around. But let me explain. I recently had a massive epiphany in my own life about my asthma. I have chronic asthma and I've been told that word for my entire life, that it's chronic, something that's here to stay, but throughout the years, of course I’ve been able to make connections between non-physical moments of my asthma, but actually emotional components as well.

[01:21] So I know that when I feel overwhelmed or when I feel stress, the likelihood of me getting an asthma attack or having to use my inhaler is higher. So that makes sense. But recently I just realized because I've been having a lot of issues with my asthma lately and instead of reaching for my inhaler right away, I have practiced sinking deeper into my own body and just getting really present with myself in those moments. And what I realized is that every single time when I can be this present and actually catch these moments, my asthma is triggered because I've experienced some sort of fear. And maybe this sounds like a small thing, but for me, this really is a huge experience that I'm having in my own body, that the asthma comes my way, not for no reason, not just because there's something wrong with my body, but it's actually signaling me something and telling me something, showing me that I was just triggered by something that's really deep and emotional. And realizing this I've actually been able to work with those fears to acknowledge the fact that, Oh, I just had a scary thought or, Ooh, I just felt like I was stepping into this uncomfortable place where I don't really know what's going on.

[02:35] I was triggered by some sort of experience or a person or something. Then all of a sudden I've been able to work through those moments and I'm ending up using my inhaler a lot less. Now I'm not saying I'm going to throw my inhaler away or that all illnesses and all pain, that everything is psychosomatic or relating to our emotions. But I would love for us right now just to take a moment to really contemplate, what is the pain that I'm experiencing in my body right now? And is it possible that maybe it is trying to show me the way. Whatever illness or issue or struggle that you've had or been having with your health, can you get so present with it that you can actually find a silver lining? What has this illness taught you? Is this pain maybe forcing you to slow down and how is that impacting your life?

[03:29] Take a moment there to really find a nugget of gold around this issue that you've been experiencing so that instead of struggling against our ailments, we can actually open up to them a little bit, stop resisting, and accept and embrace our bodies for what they are right now. And maybe even open up to some gratitude for the fact that we have this body to experience life from right now and regardless of that pain or that asthma or that illness or whatever it is that you're struggling through, having this body is a huge blessing. And what if this pain is showing you the way somehow? So finding some sort of gratitude today for whatever gold or whatever gem can be found in that issue that you're dealing with, and maybe, you know, who knows, something might shift just from inviting that more grateful, softer energy into your own space. I am grateful for my asthma for the first time in my entire life. And I feel like I'm opening the door to something truly, truly special just by inviting that energy into my own life. So practicing gratitude today, for something that we're challenged by, within our bodies or around our health. I think this is a big topic and I'm excited for you to go and explore this in your own life today. Wishing you a beautiful day. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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