Can Gratitude Be Found in the Hardest Times? favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - March 26th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

As humans, we tend to focus on the challenge at hand. However, if our current struggle is slowly unfolding, if it is unclear when it will end, and if we really aren’t sure how to handle it - it can become all consuming.

Right now, it is as if the world is going through a collective trauma, with each of us at varying degrees of discomfort. If you are one of the luckier ones listening to this podcast right now, tune in to return to gratitude so we may do what we can for the lesser fortunate.

We don’t jump straight from trauma to gratitude, but there are always rays of sunshine to be found.

Whenever you can find them, hold onto them and don’t let go.


[00:35] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Thursday and welcome to our Thankful Thursday episode of this week. For a lot of people these days, I think tapping into a daily gratitude practice can be really, really challenging. When we are moving through hard times, it's one of those things that I feel tend to go out the window immediately. As human beings, we will of course focus on the struggle at hand, especially right now being in the midst of this slowly unfolding struggle that we're all in. I was trying to explain yesterday to a friend how I feel around this pandemic, around Coronavirus, around isolation and the best way I could describe it was, I feel like we are all in the middle of a trauma, but it's happening in slow motion, so it's very hard for us to take action. It's very hard to even arrive at a place where we can process what's happening because it's not over yet, right?

[01:30] It's like a trauma that is slowly unfolding. So for this gratitude practice this week, I want to just take a moment before we dive into this week's tip or this week's practice to say that it is more important now than ever, that you anchor into the practice of gratitude, especially if you are struggling. It's so easy to allow for that struggle to be everything we think of and everything in the front of our minds. Now, chances are, if you're listening to this, if you have the bandwidth, the space to sit down and listen, that you have a roof over your head right now, right? That you have clean water to drink, that you had food on your table today. That is not the case for so many people around the world right now. So I think for anyone out there who has blessings left in their lives, crucial that we anchor into gratitude for that so that we can help elevate and still be able to be of service to other people who aren't as lucky as we are. So that's what this practice is about. But just a little nudge to continue practicing gratitude. It doesn't mean that you're conceited or that you're full of yourself. You're absolutely allowed to be grateful for the good things that you have. Very important that we don't start complaining right now even though things are hard, but that we can try to stay positive and do what we can to help people in a big need.

[02:58] So for today's practice we are going to have a Coronavirus centered gratitude practice. In these times we are all in such a difficult, strange time of different levels of struggle. For each of us, regardless of what our lives were like before we have all experienced some kind of abrupt change in our lives. There is uncertainty, there is fear, there is anxiety, there is resentment, tensions building in our homes as we're isolating with our families and close quarters. Everyone is struggling in different ways. Very important to realize that you might be one of the luckier ones sitting here listening to this podcast right now. If you still have some sort of income, you're very lucky. Yeah, if you still have, you have a savings account and money saved up knowing that you're going to be okay for a while, you're blessed. If you have a roof over your head and you know that roof will be there in a couple of months from now.

[03:56] If you feel safe around that, you are so blessed. So all of these things that we tend to sometimes take for granted, it's absolutely so vital that we appreciate what we have right now and that we don't get stuck in that vibration of complaining or that vibration of everything is terrible, if actually still we have blessings present here today, so that we feel into the gratitude for the things we still have. And then hopefully allowing that gratitude to empower us so we can look up and around and see if there's a way for us to be of service for others. Now, this also might mean that you might be one of the people who found yourself in that very vulnerable place right now where it's so hard to feel grateful for anything. So if right now in this moment, you don't feel any gratitude, that's okay.

[04:47] If you've lost your job, if you don't have an income, if you don't know how you're going to put food on the table for your kids, if you're sick, if any of these big things apply to you, it's okay to not feel grateful. We don't jump straight from trauma, from trial immediately into gratitude. No, we give space to grieve, to process and to make our way through the other side first. So feeling into your heart and this moment now. If you feel like, I have blessings in my life, I still have things to be grateful for. Actually, I'm very blessed sitting in this space that I'm in. Let's take a moment to anchor into that and I want you to bring a couple of things to the front of your mind right now that you are absolutely grateful for, that you no longer take for granted and perhaps it is the fact that you have the safety of a roof over your head right now.

[05:44] Maybe you own your house, you know that this house is yours. No one's going to take it away. What a blessing. Anchor into that. Feel into that. Maybe take a moment to imagine what it would be like to not know how to pay rent, right? Or to have lost your house, to not know where you're going to sleep next week. It's hard for us to imagine those things when we have that day to day comfort of having the privilege to not have to worry about those things. So see what first comes to mind, what are some thing or a couple of things that you are not taking for granted right now? Feel that. Hold that in your heart and then say out loud, thank you, thank you, thank you. Whatever you can find gratitude for right now in these days. Hold onto it. If you're healthy right now. Oh, thank you.

[06:36] Thank you. Maybe you've had really hard, difficult things come your way, but you still have things that you are blessed. Maybe you've had really difficult things come your way lately, but you still have something in your life you're grateful for. Hold onto that. Your family, your kids, your parents, your friends, your pets, your loved ones, cup of tea you had today. In these times, we want to connect to that gratitude in any way possible and hold on tight. It might just be that the vibration of gratitude is what will help make us through this very difficult time. So, let's take a deep breath in and out. If you'd like to take a moment to journal on the things you are grateful for during this time of social isolation and distancing, today's a really good day for that. And then take a few moments to continue speaking that out loud. Just thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for tuning in today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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