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Yoga Girl Daily - September 17th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Thankful Thursday, Gratitude, Self-Love, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today’s gratitude practice focuses on our bodies, but more specifically - those parts of ourselves that are tight, painful, or that we have labelled as weak.

If we can direct our attention toward these neglected areas of ourselves, we bring energy, presence, and space there as well. By connecting instead to the good things this body part brings you, you may be able to notice the miraculous work it does.

After all, it is still there supporting you - even when you think it is not enough.


[00:11] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Thursday, and welcome to our gratitude practice of the day. Hope you're having a good day today. If you're not, I hope you're giving yourself space to feel all your feelings. I love that you're tuning into this podcast today. Just knowing that gratitude is scientifically proven to actually help make our lives better.

[01:05] Today I want to take a moment to center our gratitude practice toward our body. I don't know how you're feeling in your body right now. I have had a tricky week in my body, I've had weird pain in different places. It's almost like I wake up in the morning and I feel like I ran, like my upper body ran a marathon. If that makes any sense. Like I did some sort of weird workout in the night and I feel just sore and kind of tense and tight in my upper body. So, just having that experience of not feeling a whole lot of ease, I want to take a moment for all of us to bring some gratitude to the thing that's challenging us physically right now, to the part of the body that feels tight, to the part of your body where you're feeling pain, to the part of your body that's experiencing illness right now, or disease.

[01:59] The thing that's feeling, maybe that you've labeled as bad or not strong enough, or weak, or unhealthy, or, you know, we're so quick to jump to those labels. So, take a moment right now the way you are and not so much just, you know, over the last past couple of days or past a week, but right now, what can you sense in your body or what part of the body right now, can you sense is in need of a little extra gratitude? When we bring gratitude to a physical part of ourselves, of course, we also bring awareness there. We bring energy there, we bring breath there. We bring blood flow there, we bring space. We can bring intention to that part of the body. So, just notice right now, what part of your body can you just sense needs a little more presence and could use a big, big, thank you. Probably where your mind ended up lingering first is the perfect place.

[03:05] So, for me right now, if I just close my eyes and feel, my hands went to my belly right away, but then at the same time, my shoulders. I'm just wiggling my shoulders around. So, I want to go with my shoulders right now because they've been sort of the theme of the past few days for me. So, if you can reach, you can place your hands to this part of your body, just whichever part of your body resonates. And then take a moment just with your hands right now to increase that connection. So, maybe giving yourself a little bit of self-massage, maybe just moving that hand around a little bit or caressing, or just gently lovingly stroking that part of the body.

[03:51] And then pause, letting the palm of the hand rest into this place. Taking a moment here now to, through the energetic connection that you have to yourself and through the emotional highway of the heart linking to this part of the body, give this body part some love, some gratitude, some thankfulness. You can say it quietly to yourself or you can say it out loud. Thank you. And you can say thank you and then add the name of that part of the body. So, thank you, shoulder. Thank you, shoulder. Take a moment to acknowledge what this part of the body does for you. How does it function? You know, my shoulder allows me to move my arms. Without this shoulder, I would not be able to pick my arms up and pick my daughter up off the floor or hug my husband, you know, and it allows me to experience so much to reach out and touch all the functions of my hands, my fingertips, and the many points of contact that I have with the whole world around me.

[05:02] It originates from my shoulder. It's also what links my arms, my hands to my torso. So, it's this direct connection between everything I come into contact with and my heart. So, thank you, shoulders. Thank you, shoulders for holding me up and downward facing dog, for letting me pick up my kid when she runs toward me and hug her really tight. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Find that connection to this part of your own body that you're focusing on right now and really hold in your heart, what this body part does for you every day, how it's working in perfect harmony with all these miraculous functions of your entire physical being. And it does that all day, every day, even when it's tired, even when you feel pain, even when you feel weak, right? This part of your body is here for you. So, take another deep breath and see if you can direct breath into this body part. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Let's take another full breath in and this time, open the mouth and let everything out. Turn the corners of the mouth up into a big smile. I hope you're able to continue to bring this part of your body and your body as a whole, some gratitude all throughout the rest of this day. Thank you so much for tuning into this practice. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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