Give thanks everyday
October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
When I was doing my Teacher Training at Yoga Thailand this past June, one of the best things I learned from my teacher Paul Dallaghan was to give thanks everday.
Too often, we take what we have for granted. Too often, we live in our own negative and selfish thoughts of wanting more, more, and more. Too infrequent do we stop and appreciate what we have already, how lucky we actually are to have loved ones around us, have shelter, have food, have warm clothes, have feelings and thoughts (or have iPhones, smartphones, iPads, internet, TV, etc etc etc…:-)).
It is a natural state for the mind to think negative thoughts, so we need to keep it clean of negative thoughts and turn it around. Just like the law of entropy in physics (which can also be called the law of disorder), where simply stated, is that all things naturally tend to go into disorder. Take your room for example, if you do not put an effort in keeping it clean, no matter what, it’ll always become dirty and messy. Similarly, if kept unwatched and unmindful, our thoughts run array, our paranoia gets the better of us, and negative thoughts dominate our minds.
“Vitarka badhane partipaksa bhavanam” –Yoga Sutras II.33
When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] thoughts should be thought of.
Be mindful and catch your negative thoughts before they become catastrophe. Be positive. Be appreciative of what you have. Give thanks.
Yes, there is always something to be thankful for. 🙂