Living a life of gratitude does affect healing, according to numerous social science and psychology studies. A mind that is focused on gratitude doesn’t have the space to ruminate on the negative of life. This positive outlook effects our physiology, reducing inflammation(and all its negative consequences) in our body.f Some folks say that gratitude is the parent virtue of all virtues. If putting gratitude forward in our life leaves little room for negativity, reducing our stress levels and increasing our happiness, our overall health and wellbeing will improve. Can we make gratitude as natural as breathing? I believe we can.
There are many ways to incorporate gratitude into our lives. As will all change we want to adopt, making a conscious habit of turning our minds toward gratitude takes some effort. There are many techniques: journaling, mantras, meditation, actions performed with gratitude. I hope we each can find a way to make this healing habit part of us in a way that we find meaningful.
This week’s yoga practice will focus on the healing power of gratitude. As we use our bodies in asana, we can use our mind and spirits to radiate open hearted gratitude. Come join us on Monday, May 23 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno!
Next Monday, May 30, 2016 Memorial Day, there will be no class.