Attitude of Grattitude

By Jenna Minardi, November, 2009

It is essential in life to notice the abundance all around you for it is your awareness of and gratitude for this abundance that attracts more of the same. I remember when the economy “crashed” last year and the fear whirling about it was palpable. In class I was teaching a lot about taking notice of all the abundance in our lives encouraging students to make lists. I then had an encounter with a fellow yogi at Springs General Store in which I was recounting my teaching on abundance to him and he looked right at me without a pause or blink of an eye and said “GRATITUDE” that was it the word that would become my mantra for many months to come. Just saying thank you can make you feel better. So ok it’s easy to be grateful when things are going well, but what about when life is throwing you a curve ball like losing your job, a parking ticket or you catch a cold, how then do we stay grateful? So here are some practical ideas. First you are what you think so if you think gratitude that is what you see, attract and become. Second make a mental list of all the things going well and repeat it when ever you get the chance, doing dishes, laundry, driving etc. Third and I think the funniest and most potent is saying thank you as many times a day even when things aren’t going your way, set a goal, today I will say thank you 30x. Example: Ouch! I just stubbed my toe THANK YOU! It’s that easy. Let me know how it goes. Thank you Yoga Shanti for this opportunity.

Namaste. Jenna

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.
Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
~ Margaret Cousins

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jenna Minardi

Jenna Minardi’s years as a yoga student have lead her to study many different lineages of yoga including Ashtanga yoga with Danny Paradise, Integral yoga and Iyengar, and Heart of Yoga with Mark Whitwell.

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