The Most Epic Thing that Happened To You favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - October 8th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Lifestyle, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

If we ask about the most epic thing that happened to you recently, where does your awareness immediately go?

Is it difficult to find something? Does it feel like everything has blended in together and nothing stands out?

The mind is quick to tell us that everything sucks, all is the same, and nothing is epic. Today’s practice will help you expand your awareness and turn that negative narrative in your head around.

There are epic things happening behind every corner! Tune in to find them, even when it feels impossible.

Transcript

[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Thursday, and welcome to our gratitude practice of this week. I am smiling so big right now because our gratitude practice today is one of my favorite things to do. It's simple, straight forward, super easy, and really, really, really impactful. Today I want you to identify something epic that has happened to you lately. Something super awesome. You know, that thing, the best freaking thing that has happened to you in a long time, just something truly awesome. Something really, really, really great that has come your way in the past couple of days, in the past couple of weeks, just wherever your awareness goes. And if you feel like, Oh man, I've had a really hard couple of weeks, let your awareness take you as far back as you need to go to really land at that something truly awesome. And then of course, we're going to take a moment to express some gratitude for that. But right now, just see immediately where your awareness takes you and notice any kind of story or narrative that your mind starts to tell you about what is and what isn't epic or around, you know, perhaps the challenge of finding something truly great, especially if you've had a particularly hard couple of weeks right now, the mind can get absolutely really stuck in the space of, Man, everything just really sucks.

[01:29] Which is totally valid and can be totally true and makes a lot of sense. It's important that we allow ourselves the space to really feel the disappointment and the challenge and the struggles that we are experiencing right now. And chances are for you, they're huge right now. And that's okay. Expressing gratitude for the things we have in life that are actually good, doesn't negate the bad things that happen, right? Doesn't mean that we're bypassing the pain that we're feeling. All it means is that we begin to expand our awareness a little bit more or perhaps invite a different kind of narrative into the back of our minds. A narrative that isn't only stuck in that thinking of man, life is hard right now, but a narrative that says, man, life is hard right now… and something good happened to, right? Man, life is hard right now and I still have blessings in my life.

[02:25] As a human being, you can have both things. You don't have to choose one or the other. You are more than one thing. You can feel more than one thing. So, just inviting some space for gratitude in your life and knowing that true gratitude can be expressed and really felt for the smallest thing. So, in your mind's eye right now, when you just sort of search for that epic or great thing that's come your way, it doesn't have to be this life changing, you know, kind of thing that they movies about, right? It can literally be a small moment in your day that made an impact on you. So, take this moment right now, sit with this. What is something truly, truly, truly great that has happened in your life lately?

[03:17] For me, my awareness immediately lands in, and this is, I was going to think of this more as something that happened, but this for me, isn't just something that happened. It's something that I made happen. I started getting up at 5:00am every morning, and it's literally something that has made such a positive impact in my life over the past three weeks. And I'm so grateful for that. I don't know how it happened. I don't know what kind of grace of God brought me to that decision. You know, if it was just my pure will of wanting it to happen or if it was all these things aligning or if it was just the universe throwing me a bone right now, I'm so grateful that I actually made that change in my life because it changed so much for me. So, see where your awareness lands right now, what it is that you are so unbelievably grateful for, that big epic thing.

[04:08] And I want you to feel and hold the magnitude of this awesome thing. Even if you are swimming in a sea right now of absolute crap, right? Hold on to this one thing of awesome. If it's the best cup of coffee you've had all week, right? If you had a moment of just turning your face to the sun on your lunch break one day this week and you were reminded of just the awe of nature, maybe you got a really good hug from someone. Maybe it's something that your kid told you lately. Just something, small or big it doesn't matter. What matters is that feeling of, Yeah, I have blessings. Yes, good things do happen to me also when bad things are present, it is okay to feel both. And feeling gratitude for something good doesn't take away from all the other feelings that you're holding in your heart right now. You're allowed to feel grief and gratitude at the same time, you can be angry and upset about the injustice that's unfolding in this world every day and at the same time hold this blessing in your heart, the way you are right now. It's okay. So big, full breath, full of gratitude, out through the mouth.

[05:25] And if you'd like, let yourself linger in this space for just a little while longer, just repeating to yourself. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Just opening up to that blessing that is present in your life right now. Thank you so much for practicing gratitude with me today. I'm so happy you're here tuning in. I'll be back tomorrow.

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