Beautiful Life

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful Life

As I was enjoying my lunch yesterday with an outdoor picnic, I had a revelation.

I had just spent the past two hours meditating and practicing yoga surrounded by the most supportive and loving community I’m lucky enough to be a part of. I’d woken up that morning refreshed and excited because the weather outside was a crisp 42 degrees, and—as an avid cold-weather person—just about perfect. By the time I was eating my peanut butter and apricot jelly sandwich sprinkled with apple-cinnamon pumpkin seeds, the weather had warmed just enough for a picnic underneath a towering oak tree.

And that’s when it hit me: a wave of gratitude so strong it was almost overwhelming.

My cousin had mentioned to me the other day how amazing it was for me to practice yoga every weekend.

“I wish I could practice yoga all day every weekend!” she said.

I shrugged it off, and said “No, you don’t. It’s so exhausting!”

And while it’s true every weekend my physical, mental, and emotional limits are pushed to exhausting levels, what a blessing it is that I’m able to do it! 

As I sat underneath that oak tree yesterday, I finally saw my life from the outside looking in. Instead of getting caught up in all the negativity of my life, I finally saw just how wonderful it all is.

My life is pretty fucking incredible.

Each day is filled with so much opportunity for joy and gratitude if I choose to stay present with my experience instead of getting caught up in the destructive cycle of thoughts of where I wish I was instead. 

So I’m making a commitment to sit with myself exactly where I am. To eliminate the nasty thoughts in my head that want me to suffer. 

So that I may experience the true beauty of being alive.

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