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Yoga Girl Daily - October 31st 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today for Thankful Thursday we are going to speak our gratitude out loud.

Who is that person in your life that has done something special for you recently? When was the last time you sat them down and told them how much they mean to you?

It is a true practice of vulnerability, intimacy and personal growth to be able to speak your gratitude from the heart.

And being on the receiving end of it?

There is nothing quite as beautiful.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Thursday, everyone! It's Thankful Thursday over here at the Yoga Girl Daily today. So that means it's time for our gratitude practice. I love having a gratitude practice. I love having this podcast to return to and really have something specific to focus on every single Thursday, but today we are going to do something that's a little bit different than just practicing gratitude on our own or by ourselves. Today we are going to speak our gratitude out loud. And this is a really, really, really important part of gratitude, especially when it comes to extending the gratitude to the people that we have in our lives. If we are not very comfortable with vulnerability or intimacy, actually expressing gratitude and that verbal way can be something that's a little bit challenging for us because true gratitude comes from the heart.

[00:58] And to be able to share true gratitude from the heart, we have to be really vulnerable and really intimate and really genuine in front of that other person. So it's also that beautiful practice of being personal. It's also a really beautiful practice of personal growth, of allowing ourselves to open our hearts and really share with someone what they actually mean to us. So today let's go ahead and focus and bring our awareness toward a person in your life that did something beautiful for you recently, or a person in your life that maybe it's just their presence in your life every day is enough, that they're making your life better. It could be your closest family, your best friend, someone that has done something beautiful for you lately to someone that's been important in your life or that is important in your life, and even someone that you haven't expressed gratitude verbally to in a long time.

[01:54] And here's the thing, especially with those people that we meet every single day, you know, our girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, parents, children, siblings, best friends, the people that we see every day, especially with those people, we might take them a little bit for granted. And if you think about it, when you think of this person, when was the last time you sat them down? Look them in the eye and told them how grateful you are that you have them in your life. Saying that makes me a little weepy. When was the last time you sat them down? Look them in the eye and said, I appreciate you. I'm so grateful I have you in my life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Chances are it was a while ago, or maybe you've never even done it. Maybe it's that kind of relationship where you feel like, Aw, you know, we're always there for each other.

[02:46] We don't have to say those kinds of things, but truthfully, we do need to say those kinds of things and to be on the other end than get to receive something like that. It's the most beautiful thing you could ever imagine. So let's give this person that gift today. I want you to, if they are someone who is physically present in your life, find that moment today. Take them aside and take five minutes to go, Hey, I just want to share something with you. And then tell them to their face, not by a text, not by a little social media comment, not by sending them a funny meme, but to their face. Tell them just how much they mean to you and how grateful you are for their presence in your life. If this person is not physically present, then give them a call.

[03:28] Face time them. FaceTime them so you can see them face to face or call them up on the phone and not a text, but something that you actually get to do so you can hear their voice in real time and feel that response. So let yourself be a little bit foldable just to share that gratitude. And trust me when I say it's going to enrich and elevate your relationship, I promise. Thank you so, so much for expressing this gratitude. If we all did a little bit more of this every single day or every week, or if we were able to do this more in our relationships, I really think this world would be a more beautiful place to live. So thank you for practicing gratitude. Thank you for telling your people. Just how much they mean to you. And if you feel really good doing this, maybe don't even let it stop at one person, but find another person to share with and another person to share with us. As long as you tap into that beautifully authentic place in your heart, you can't get it wrong. Thank you so much for tuning into this episode today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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