GratefulPosted: August 5, 2011
Last weekend I closed out my birthday month with a special yoga class. I invited some of my dearest friends, as well as my family (my husband and daughters, plus my sister), and my teacher Emma led us through the asana.
She likened our connection to a golden chain of friendship (cleverly referring to a lovely passage in the final Harry Potter book — there’s not much I love better than a literary allusion, Em!). She spoke about gratitude and support. And the “Om” we all intoned together was really gorgeous — we were in perfect harmony. Not surprising, since everyone on the guest list was someone I love.
I’d been thinking about gratitude, as well. It was such a great feeling to have all those important people around me. It made me feel once again how fortunate I am, and that the most important things in our lives are the people we surround ourselves with. They help us to really be who we are, because we can see our selves reflected in them.
I’ve been toying with the idea of making a “gratitude list” for ages. I feel like most of the posts I write are contributions of a sort to that list. But I’d like to try making an actual list, too. It’s as good a time as any to begin one. So, today, here’s what I’m grateful for.
— The people in my life. I have carefully curated my circle, and it’s like a wall of love and protection around me.
— My inner strength, which allows me to move through my life as an active participant, open to what comes, without feelings of fear, defensiveness, or helplessness.
— My outer strength. My body feels strong and good, so my mind and my spirit can be that way too.
— My amazing daughters, and the fact that I get to hold them every day.
— My husband, for his support, and for allowing me to support him.
— The fact that more work opportunities are beginning to vibrate around me.
— All the amazing books I’ve read, all those I have yet to read, and the fact that there will never be a time when there’s not something worthwhile to read lying around.
— The fact that my mother is moving through her widowed life as gracefully as I’ve seen anyone do.
— Yoga, and especially my kula.