Salute That Sun!
There is this theory out there in the yoga world, or maybe in the whole world, that the more you practice gratitude the more content you will be in your own life; and that gratitude is a muscle that if flexed on a regular basis, grows. I’ve been thinking about this. October is a month we tend to think of as thankful, and this year I am blessed to be helping organize a family reunion. My family is awesome in every sense of the word, but trying to organize over 90 of us for an entire weekend of meals and activities is a little like trying to herd lovable kittens, of a tenacious descent.
So, I’ve been trying to strengthen my gratitude muscle. I know I confess a lot of things in this blog, especially about yoga, but here’s a new one…it took me a really, really long time to appreciate Sun Salutations. Surya Namaskar is a series of yoga poses you move through in conjunction with your breath. It’s actually a great vinyasa flow, it can be modified for all levels and is designed to help rid our bodies of the other junk, like stress, tension and exhaustion that get in the way of us feeling grateful. Still I never loved it, in fact, some days I hardly even liked it. Sometimes when you’re new, it’s a struggle to remember when to inhale, or exhale; or maybe you’ve done so many, it’s hard to keep your mind focused and you feel like you are just going through the motions.
Then one day I read, if you are struggling through sun salutations, practice saluting (read appreciating), the sun. Once again, I realized that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I knew it was a sun salutation, I practiced it lots, taught it often; I even knew it was developed in honour of the sun, I just never thought to practice it actually, well, saluting the sun.
So, the next time I stepped to the top of the mat, I tried it. I practiced feeling gratitude for the sun, because really, where would we be without it? And strangely something started to shift. Maybe it’s not so strange, yoga is magic. Expressing gratitude for the sun leads us to feel gratitude for clean water, fresh air, First Responders, warm clothing, etc…even for the 77th email about chili from your family, because really, where would we be without them.
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Love your posts….love hearing your honesty – the situation, the struggle, the acceptance and the resolution even if there isn’t any at the moment. That in itself is a choice, to sit, release, and listen.!!
Thanks Jill. What a kind and wonderful comment. And I love that “to sit, release, and listen.”, I plan to remember that one.
Hope your Family Reunion is wonderful and that your family appreciates and honours with gratitude all your efforts. Big hugs. ?
Thank you Elda. It will be wonderful, because well, my family is wonderful; and honestly, I am just a small spoke in the wheel that is making it all happen. Namaste, Cara-Lynne
Like the sun you bring light into everyone’s life.we salute all the things you do especially the yoga and your blogs….
Well, I have no words to express my gratitude for that comment.
Namaste Aunt Brenda,
Cara-Lynne, you are very inspiring!
Sometimes we all need a little more sunshine in our lives.
Thank you Lisa, sincerely. And you are right, sunshine almost always makes things better.