There are plenty of health and psychological benefits to practicing, yoga and mindfulness. The one thing that we learn from practicing yoga and mindfulness, is reverence – gratitude.
You woke up today, and began a journey through your day. The stresses of everyday life frequently distract us from being able to grasp the full beauty around us. We are busy with work, school, phones, appointments etc. Practicing yoga and mindfulness allows us the time in our day to to appreciate the beauty in our everyday life and what is important.
An approach to life, is to develop awareness, whether on the yoga mat or meditation cushion or waiting in line at the grocery store. As you wait and you are in a hurry, you notice the emotions that come up and you notice them without judgement, or thought. You may feel your belly tighten with impatience, your teeth gnaw against each other with anger at how long it is taking. You simply, pause close your eyes, take a few breaths in and out and as you open your eyes, you may be amazed at what little time it took to calm yourself down.
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
― Sharon Salzberg,
Pause to breathe.
Pause with gratitude.