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In our fast-paced world often the qualities of generosity and gratitude are used as a social lubricant, and do not spring from nor touch the heart deeply. Yoga cd 2500 This is unfortunate as these qualities, when nourished and grown, can provide a powerful connecting and healing force for ourselves and the world.

I cannot think of a better time to explore this possibility than in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, two holidays that lift the symbolism of these qualities up for all to see.

While in college I had been fascinated by Eastern spirituality, yoga, and Buddhist meditation in particular. Hatha yoga pradipika quotes I learned that generosity is a foundation for harmonious living (ethics), which in turn supports the inner meditative journey of practicing present moment awareness (mindfulness).

Yoga techniques for anxiety After graduating I wanted to explore Buddhist meditation in a traditional setting first-hand. Divya yoga products uk I went to Asia on a spiritual sojourn that would last well over a decade and included my being ordained as a monk in Thailand for a year.

The notion that generosity was a support for ethical behavior and meditative practice seemed simple, but took on a radically different meaning when I became a monk. Sadhana yoga south end I had very few possessions, strict rules to follow, and was dependent on going out for alms every day to collect food. Yoga melbourne road wodonga I received offerings from people who would, one by one place food into my monk’s bowl. Purple yoga schedule I would later eat this as my one meal of the day to sustain myself during intensive meditation practice.

I remember witnessing the simple joy and reverence of the village folk who gave, and felt authentic gratitude that in receiving their offerings I would have food for another day.

My physical well-being, and that of all the monks, was supported by the villagers. Yoga for runners In a reciprocal relationship the villagers’ spiritual well-being was attended to by the monks in the form of meditation instructions and wise counsel offered at the monastery.

This mutually supportive connection formed what can be called a “virtuous cycle,” generosity being the cause for gratitude, which then becomes the cause for generosity, and so on.

This is one form of a symbiotic relationship between giving and receiving that has existed in cultures and the natural world throughout time.

We put such a premium on independence in our culture that we often forget our interdependence. Yoga techniques to lose weight We often forget our place on the planet and in relation to others. Beginner yoga poses video We suffer alienation, loneliness, discontent, and sow the seeds of planetary imbalance because of it. Yoga youtube vinyasa When we choose to tune into the fact that we are part of a larger whole, and actively participate in it through generosity and gratitude, this can have simple yet profoundly positive effects.

While I was as a monk I could not ignore the fact that I was the beneficiary of being part of an interdependent system. Different types of yoga and benefits The villagers’ generosity enabled me to simply be, and I was grateful. Patanjali yoga quotes One of the reasons I chose the life that I am living, and why I am writing these words now, is to express gratitude for the gifts I have received from so many. Yoga diet plan It was never a conscious decision to do so, but more of a natural response to kindnesses received. Bikram yoga melbourne locations Perhaps these words resonate with your own life experience in some way, or maybe not. Information about yoga day Our power lies in the fact that we can consciously participate in creating virtuous cycles in ourselves and the world, or not. Center for yoga The choice is ours.

Let’s pause and experiment with the formal practice of gratitude; it is something that can grow in our hearts when nourished. Qi yoga mona vale Reflect for a moment on those who have truly been generous to you in your life in ways that have helped you to grow and give you a sense of belonging. Yoga tv series The Buddha reminds us that we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have brought us into life and raised us, as well as to our teachers. Youtube yoga for beginners weight loss It is important to remember that we can embrace this even while acknowledging imperfections in these people.

There are many other levels we can experience gratitude on. Bhakti yoga We can be grateful for our homes that keep us safe and warm, to our senses that enable us to enjoy the world, even to the level of simply having the capacity to be present, to breathe, to be alive.

Facing the challenge over an uncertain future, gratitude can help us touch that which is nourishing and connecting in life. Hatha yoga pradipika poses If we are feeling fearful, anxious, or isolated, then gratitude can be a practice that helps us balance these difficult energies in our hearts.

There are many different ways of practicing gratitude, from keeping a gratitude journal, to spending some time each day reflecting on what you are thankful for (perhaps before going to sleep).

When beginning to practice gratitude it may be helpful to have a “fake it till you make it” attitude until it becomes natural. Postures de yoga In terms of how we express gratitude, perhaps it would be wise to take to heart the phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” Gratitude is an inner quality of the heart; how it expresses itself most authentically is not formulaic, and often not verbal.

Being present is a powerful expression of and support for generosity and gratitude. Santa cruz yoga schedule The word mindfulness, at the heart of Buddhist meditation, has two meanings. Fertility yoga The first is to remember. Om yoga casablanca So when we practice generosity and gratitude we often need to remember to do so, since the habits to do otherwise are often deeply ingrained. Yoga paddle We train to change these habits. Ashtanga yoga poses primary series The second meaning of mindfulness is simple non-judgmental present moment awareness. Yoga wear logos We train to be present.

When we are truly present, this itself becomes a gift to ourselves and to those that we touch in our lives. Yoga chicago loop An ancient Chinese wisdom teaching says that we “give life to life” when we are deeply present.

When we give ourselves to life, we can also be touched by it, and in touching and being touched we move into less reactive, more responsive, fresh, and intimate ways of being.

On one level we can orient our hearts and minds this way through practicing generosity and gratitude; on another level it is simply present moment awareness that is needed.

In the giving is the receiving and in the receiving, with genuine gratitude, we are giving nourishment to our hearts and strengthening the foundation for kindness and generosity to manifest naturally and grow in our lives and in the world.

Matthew Daniell is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport and he is also a member of the Religious Services Department at Phillips Exeter Academy.