I have had the most amazing day ever.
I am the happiest I have been since…well, since recent memory.
You know those kinds of days?
When you can’t quit smiling and your life feels like pure bliss? Joy pulsates through everything you see and do and think.
What? you’re wondering. Why? (What’s she talkin’ about now?)
OK, settle down and I shall tell you a Story.
This morning I meditated for 45 minutes. These weren’t 45 minutes of hell. (Which meditation can sometimes be.) These were 45 minutes where the Monkey Mind finally shut up and pure silence reigned. (This is what everyone thinks meditation should be about every day. But usually, folks, meditation is about witnessing the Monkey Mind do its Thing.)
Then I came upstairs and started yoga. It’s been kinda challenging to do yoga since November. First, because I hurt before my gall bladder surgery. Second, because I hurt after gall bladder surgery.
Today it all felt magic. And YES! it was finally possible to do the Upward Dog without stretching all those internal stitches!
It was during the Upward Dog that I heard The Voice.
The inner voice said, “You should do a 30-day gratitude challenge.”
I moved into Downward Dog and thought, “What are you talkin’ about now?”
“You should do a 30-day gratitude challenge. And post it daily on Facebook.”
“Really?” I said, moving into a lunge. “Why do you think so?”
“Lots of people are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder,” said the voice. Which was really more like a thought. But I knew it didn’t come from me. “Look at yourself, for example. Aren’t you weighted down by all these endless gray days which seem never-ending?”
“You got that right!” I agreed.
“So, start a 30-day gratitude challenge,” the voice continued. “Post every day on Facebook. Start a gratitude revolution! Not only will YOU feel better, everyone in your world will feel better. That’s how it works. What you focus on increases. I guarantee it. Go ahead, do it.”
What is a yogic practitioner to do when a voice such as this interrupts practice?
I agreed. 30-day practice here I come! Gratitude will rule during these days of gray skies! (I haven’t yet decided if I should post these every day of WordPress too. What do you think?)
I scurried over to Facebook and posted: “The 30 day gratitude challenge! I am going to post on Facebook things I’m grateful for–for the next 30 days. Anyone want to join in? (If you really want a challenge–post four things you’re grateful for each day. You’ll be grateful for 120 jewels in your life by February.)”
Here are my first jewels: Today I am grateful for being able to do the Upward Dog without discomfort (YES!), for Kashi cereal with blueberry clusters, for being able to sleep most of last night (OK, except for that hour) and for that inexpensive ticket to San Diego.
Yes, yes, yes! I was so excited that I started dancing around the house! (See what gratitude will do for you?) I thought, “Hey, this is odd. I am dancing around the house before 10 a.m.! Why am I dancing around the house?”
When, suddenly, unexpectedly, just as I was dancing, my friend, Lorraine, posted this message:
~ Keep dreaming, keep dancing!