So I’m on a gratitude binge. There are worse things in life.
I can’t tell if it’s that I’m still floating on the high of a bunch of strangers giving so freely of their talents or that I feel forever indebted to the yogis that share their energy with me every day or that I feel like stars are aligning or that last night the Whole Foods hot bar gods smiled on me and stocked fresh chicken-fried tofu, but–hot damn–it’s all so good.
There’s a beautiful Louie Schwartzberg video with narration from Brother David Steindl-Rast that sums it up nicely: that this life is a gift and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
I love that.
(PS – I stole this from Adam, by the way, who is in India and can’t defend his playlist from there, sucka.)
I’ve been playing the audio from this in my classes and see that it really moves a lot of people. Probably because all of us have a lot to be grateful for and most of us forget this.
Anyway, I’ve been reminding them (and myself) that gratitude isn’t just about the good things. Sometimes we forget to be grateful for the bad things that teach us so much. For the unanswered prayers. For the blows to the ego. All of it’s for a reason.
After all, oftentimes it’s the things that bring us to our knees that remind us to look up. Sometimes being so low leaves us no reason but to rise above.
So use rock bottom as a launching pad, not a crash pad. Sky’s the limit.
And if all else fails, a $7 (SEVEN-FREAKING-DOLLAR) local organic raw vegan fair trade dark chocolate coconut candy bar should remind just about anyone that if you’re buying $7 candy bars, things are looking pretty good.