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Yoga Girl Daily - January 9th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Thankful Thursday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Looking back on 2019, what was really, really hard?

Today’s Thankful Thursday episode will give us the space to contemplate that challenging time as a way to grow. If we can get intimate with the difficult moments, we can start to untangle the knots around what happened. Maybe through that process, you will be able to find a silver lining or a lesson or a blessing.

If you sit with it long enough, you may just discover the entire purpose of the challenge to begin with.


[01:00] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Thursday, everyone! It's Thankful Thursday, so time for us to anchor into a gratitude practice for the week. Today I feel so inspired just from the turning of the year. I had a really wonderful new year celebration and I know a lot of us have spent a lot of time getting totally clear on our intentions for the new year. Along with that, of course, comes a little review of what went down in 2019. What were the things that took place that you don't want to bring with you into the energy of this new year? So today being Thankful Thursday, I would love for us to anchor into some gratitude for something that happened in 2019 that was really fricking hard. Oh, this is such a good practice. We've had a similar one many, many weeks ago, but any time we can anchor into a challenging moment in our lives or maybe a big long-term challenge that we had, something super hard that came our way, where of course in the moment we don't feel gratitude.

[02:13] That's not how life works, right? Whenever we're struck with something super hard, our immediate response is to run away usually, or how can I get out of this? Or how can I solve this problem? It's so uncomfortable to be faced or to be in the middle of something really challenging and hard. And then the wonderful thing about this is the more space we give ourselves, the more we're able to sort of untangle the knots of that challenge. Adding time to that and a little bit of perspective, a little bit of space so that we can look back at what actually happened. 10 times out of 10 if you can get really, really intimate with that situation, we will be able to draw some sort of silver lining from it. And I love to do this, practice myself. Of course, if you pick a smaller problem, a smaller challenge, not something that totally uprooted your life, it's going to be easier for this kind of practice, but it becomes more life changing when we pick the big hard things.

[03:09] So what was something that happened in 2019 that was really hard, that you now in this moment feel genuine gratitude for? Something that happened in 2019 that was so, so, so hard and now you feel like, Oh, I get it. Maybe we're not grateful for the whole thing, but we can draw some lessons out of it. There's gold in that struggle, right? There is actually a silver lining and perhaps that silver lining was the purpose of the whole complex problem in the first place. Take a moment, maybe even to close your eyes right now just to feel, what was that challenge that you were faced with in 2019 that actually right now, sitting here the second week of 2020, makes sense? Or at least has a little bit of a different energy in terms of yeah, I can feel that I, I learned something from that.

[04:00] It felt there was purpose around that challenge some way, somehow. For me, what immediately comes my way is not just one scenario, one hard thing, but the feeling I had of all throughout 2019 being totally overwhelmed and burnt out, and I had so many struggles with my health where I was ill and I was tired and being in it, I was literally so frustrated I could have pulled up my hair out. Just why is this happening to me? I just want to feel on top of the world. I want to be healthy. I want to go, go, go. And now sitting here in 2020 it makes absolute total sense and the fact that my body didn't tell me to slow down earlier, that I've been keeping up this high level of intensity in terms of working too much, not resting enough. That's a miracle. And I can sit here now and feel absolute gratitude for my body, for shutting down the way it did.

[04:57] I can, I can sense the truth then how my body has been taking care of me all 2019 I've been there judging my body that I should be healthier; I should feel better. And actually, what my body's been doing is taking care of me, making sure I slow down, teaching me these valuable, valuable lessons that I could have never learned if it wasn't this hard. So, feeling into your heart right now of what rings true to you. What was that thing that happened or that big, big problem that you had or that horrible thing that came your way, where now you can send some gratitude in your heart and make sure that that gratitude is absolutely true. Gratitude derived from challenges is the most important, most valuable kind. If you have that sense of gratefulness in your heart right now, perhaps just letting that spread from your heart out into the fingers and the toes and feeling that vibration of, Oh, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Not just for the easy things, the good things, but also for the hard things. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Because here you are now. Thank you for tuning in with me and doing this practice on gratitude today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow

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