December Focus Week 3: Gratitude
“I used to think gratitude a heavy burden for one to carry. Now I know that it is something that makes the heart lighter. The ungrateful man seems to me to be one who walks with feet and heart of lead. But when one has learnt, however inadequately, what a lovely thing gratitude is, one’s feet go lightly over sand or sea, and one finds a strange joy revealed to one, the joy of counting up, not what one possesses, but what one owes.” Oscar Wilde
This feeling contains a sense of wholeness. A fullness that makes you cry out: Thank you. That makes you want to give something back. Because you took a lot. You want to express it with all your being. Because you are brimming over it. But, it is not easy to experience it. Especially when you have to go up a rocky road. When life suffocates you and you can’t breathe. Indeed, how can you see all that you have, all that was given to you generously, when you can’t breathe. Indeed, how can you see all that you have, all that was given to you generously, when all you see in front of you is a mountain? And yet, if you stop for a moment with your eyes closed and your heart open, you will see all the beauty that surrounds you, you will feel part of a universe wisely created inside which you have the chance to build relationships, express yourself and dream. What a gift! And then, there is the mountain itself. It also has something to teach you. Gradually, you will learn to love it too.
By Panagiota Kostami,
οf the Neda Yoga Shala Team