Unconditional Gratitude

Time seems to go faster as we get older. I have noticed this ever more so running a business. With the holidays just around the corner, it brings to light always the essence of what we are here on this earth to do, and recognize what we have and the people around us: friends and family with us along our journey.

Recently, BYMV manager Jennifer Hohman mentioned she is embarking on a 21 Day Gratitude challenge. I thought this was a great idea and I immediately got to thinking how grateful I am for my family, my friends, my house..so many external things. Then I went to thinking about how every time I step foot on my yoga mat or stand on the teachers podium, I’m incredibly grateful for my body, my spine and my voice.

Finally after a few moments the deepest feeling of gratitude was for something more profound. It was for my breath that makes my heart pump and keeps me alive. How it brings oxygen to my brain to think and live my thoughts. Grateful for my heart that pumps blood away to all my organs and to have a heart that is truly filled with love.

We hear a lot about unconditional love, which is the ultimate path for self realization. And upon hearing about the gratitude challenge, the concept of unconditional gratitude made its way to my spirit. The more we give thanks, the limitless amounts of giving and appreciating we experience, the more we welcome a healthy body and peaceful mind. As much as we are our thoughts, we are also what we practice and what we give. Our yoga practice makes visible, in front of our eyes, all the things that are important for ourselves and for our surroundings. We simply invite deep awareness of the very things that make time slow down for perhaps a few seconds or a few minutes.

Make time this season to slow down. To hear the fullness of your breath and the beats of your heart. Find moments in your yoga practice to find ease. Your body and mind will be grateful for your conscious effort to treat it with care and love. Unconditional love and gratitude will only ever serve you. Never take away.

From all the teachers, staff and karma yogi’s at BYMV, we wish you all a happy, safe Thanksgiving. We are grateful for each and everyone of you. Always.