I discovered that my body is suffering from adrenal fatigue, which basically means I overstressed my body and it needs to recover. So, I have been forced to listen and take time off from teaching and exercising. While this is what my body needs, my brain tends to disagree. I am trying to force relaxation into my very resistant head. I have spent the first couple days of “operation relaxation” feeling down and focusing on potential negative consequences such weight gain, loss of strength and muscle definition, etc. I chose to look at relaxation as a burden rather than a blessing. Yes, I gave into self-pity and even wallowed in it!
As I opened my eyes to greet today, a thought (more like a slogan) popped into my head – gratitude is an attitude. Just having this thought made me feel hopeful, calm, and dare I say happy!? Starting today, I am going to be grateful that I have time to recover. I am going to be grateful that I can finish reading my book, take my dogs for walks, play games with my kids, clean out my closets (ok, that one is a stretch). It is within my control to change my attitude and entire perspective to see recovery as uplifting experience instead of a punishment.
My experience today got me thinking about the broader pattern in all of us to find gratitude in our lives and circumstances. We often judge our experiences as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but what if we withheld judgment for a little while and allowed things to just ‘be?’ What if we focused on our blessings as a daily practice? Have you been able to adopt an attitude of gratitude? If so, please share!