“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is Thank You, it will be enough.”
I am grateful for so many, many things in my life–from the simple joys of the first warming sip of my morning tea, and the sound of my cat purring, to the comfort of a safe and secure home, and family and friends who love me. Life is an intricate, often impenetrable, mix of light and dark energies, love and hate, good health and dis-ease, heaviness and joy. How often do the heavier, darker aspects seem to outweigh or coverup the light?
Gratitude, according to the Buddha, offers the highest protection against unhappiness. Gratitude is the key to balancing life’s energy. Contentment (Santosha) is available to us in every moment. “I accept this moment, just as it is. I accept those around me, just as they are.” Peace of mind cannot be found through external circumstances, but through our willingness to enjoy each moment as it is.
As Meister Eckhart said, a simple, heart-felt “thank you” is enough. It has the power to shift e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. This month we are practicing the art of contentment and acceptance during each breath, each pose, each moment on the mat. What are you thankful for today, right here, right now?
See you on the mat!