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Yoga Girl Daily - December 12th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today’s gratitude practice will bring you to your feet – we are going on a gratitude walk!

This isn’t any ordinary walk. With every step you take, make yourself fully present in the here and now. Stay very conscious to your surroundings that you might not notice otherwise or take for granted. Find as many things that connect you to gratitude as possible.

Slow down enough, give yourself space and time to notice how many beautiful elements you are surrounded by.

By the end of it, you’ll be in awe of the intricacies in nature that the universe has created.


[00:49] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Thursday, everyone! I am so thankful to sit here today to record this episode. It's of course Thankful Thursday, so we are focusing on a specific gratitude practice. Today I have something really actionable for us to do, which always makes me really excited. The practice around gratitude, we all know it's so totally life changing, it can turn our whole day, our whole lives around, when we focus on things or blessings that we have in our lives already, things that we are grateful for. But I love it when we can take a spiritual practice and make it really actionable, so something we can actually do. I feel like taking action with intention really is the way that propels us forward in that spiritual and also material sense. So, a gratitude practice just might be the most important practice that we have.

[01:46] Today we are going to go on a gratitude walk! I am so excited about this. I like to imagine every single person listening to this podcast and of course, there are thousands and thousands of us out there. What if we could all, you know, physically meet somewhere and go take a gratitude walk together? Just the thought of that puts the biggest smile on my face. Of course that's kind of hard since we're in all countries all over the world, so we're going to energetically walk together today. It doesn't matter what time of day you do it, but carve out a little bit of space. Even if it's just a 20-minute walk. It can be a 10-minute walk, something. If you have accessibility to nature, of course, make your way to nature. If you have a forest or a beach or you know wherever you are, someplace you can really be outside.

[02:32] If you're in a city, maybe you find a park, maybe you walk around the block, but it doesn't really matter where you are. What we're going to do is we're going to go on a very conscious, very present walk where we notice our surroundings in a way we normally just take for granted. So before you head out, taking a moment maybe to sit down, to close your eyes, setting an intention for this walk to find as many things to actually connect you to gratitude as possible. So setting the intention for the walk before you start walking is a really important step. It makes that whole practice of something that's actually kind of mundane and day-to-day as walking outside. It makes it sacred, makes it very special. And then when you head outside, walking mindfully, so not just rushing through your day, you know, but slowing everything down, taking one step at a time and then being present with all of your surroundings.

[03:26] Noticing that regular day-to-day beauty of life, the beauty that you have present in your local area. Perhaps this is a walk you take every day, maybe on your way to work or on your way somewhere else. Maybe it's a walk you take often. So just see if you can slow down enough that you can actually notice the many, many beautiful things, areas, places, parts of nature that are present here close to your life, close to your day to day that perhaps regularly you take for granted. So every time you come across something that's beautiful. Yeah, every time, if it's a ray of light streaming through the clouds, if it's a blue sky above, if it's a special tree, maybe a leaf that's fallen on the ground. Anything you find along this walk. Take a moment and acknowledge the beauty of this thing or the beauty of this moment, feeling that gratitude in your heart. And then continue and see what unexpected things might pop up along your walk.

[04:23] You never know. Perhaps you meet someone with a dog. Maybe you meet a child passing by. Perhaps you have a friend join you on this walk and you have a beautiful conversation. So as long as you can make this walk actually a sacred practice, it will become like a meditation in movement. So you're moving your body, you're going from one place to another, but you're so present and so grateful for everything that comes your way, that by the end of this walk, you're going to feel a little bit in awe of this universe. I love actionable practices like this because it takes things that normally we maybe don't even give a second thought, and it allows us that space and that moment to actually realize the beauty that surrounds us every day. So, especially if you're taking a walk somewhere today that maybe you haven't thought of as particularly beautiful at all.

[05:10] When we set that kind of mindset of gratitude before we had out, trust me when I say you are going to encounter something that makes you feel grateful, and it might be enough to really turn your whole day around or at least brighten your day a little bit. Especially, you know, if you're in a part of the world where it's getting really dark right now around December. So, gratitude walk! I'm so excited. And remember you have thousands of people walking with you energetically today. We all walk together. We're never alone. Thank you so much for this practice and for practicing with me today for Thankful Thursday. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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