I recently listened to an On Being episode, Anatomy of Gratitude. In this interview David Steindl-Rast speaks eloquently about joy. His recipe mixes present moment awareness with gratitude resulting in joyful living.
I find it inspiring to hear many of the same messages being delivered in different ways. I get something new from each person I tune in to and during this podcast I smiled at his prescription for gratefulness.
"Stop, look, go."
Our yoga practice provides us with that carved out space and time to stop and look.
We practice stopping, or presence, during asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), and especially during svasana (final relaxation) and meditation.
This stopping allows us to look and see so many things. Sometimes we see the present moment as it truly is, sometimes we get a glimpse into who we really are, sometimes we settle enough to see our minds calm and quiet. Once we see things clearly we want to go out in the world and do something with that new awareness and sense of gratitude.
Practice yoga and learn how to stop and look, then step off your mat and go.
Go make a difference.
Go and love.
Go with joy in your heart.
Today I encourage you to stop, look, go and feel grateful for the opportunity of the present moment.