Transformation Through Gratitude

It seems as though Fall has flown by and we’re now finding ourselves amidst the holiday season once again! We had a blast in October; from our first Restorative Soundbath to our Get Up and Go Flow and Trick or Treat event, the gathering of our Kula has been truly remarkable. As we invite the month of November into our lives, we can’t help but think of Thanksgiving and the transformative power of gratitude in our lives. If there’s one thing we know for sure at Longwave, we are eternally grateful for all of you – our dedicated yogis – for your commitment and dedication to practice on and off the mat! To show our gratitude, we hope you join us for our Holiday Open House on November 14, 2015.

As the Buddha once said...

“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think”. Being grateful for what we do have in our lives and for exactly who we are right now is one of the most powerful ways to create joy and abundance, regardless of circumstances. If we can find just one or two things to feel grateful for in our lives, especially when we are going through a tough time, chances are our whole perception on the situation transforms into something optimistic and meaningful.

What are you grateful for?

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can have a tremendously positive effect on our lives – it can even change the structure of our brains! A Business Insider article, written by Eric Barker, presented the findings of UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb of four spiritual rituals that create happiness. The number one action to take when feeling down was in fact to ask yourself what you’re grateful for! Barker relays this message via The Upward Spiral saying, “It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look for it in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence… Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life”. It even produces those feel good chemicals in your body – serotonin and dopamine! If that isn’t enough to convince you…

Try it out for yourself! We like to begin and end each day with writing down three things we are grateful for in our lives – whether that’s waking up each day with new breath, for a friend’s loving support, or for the peacefulness we find on our mats. If you find yourself in a challenging situation, perhaps thinking of three ways this challenge can be an opportunity will start to get the wheels turning. These affirmations can truly be anything that you feel thankful for. And remember, even just the act of trying is enough!

 In loving gratitude, The Longwave Team


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