My daughter recently shared on Facebook with me a list of things that normally would be complaints and how these things can be looked at as things really we should be grateful for.
The list is:
- Early wake-ups = Children to love
- House to clean = Safe place to live
- Laundry = Clean clothes to wear
- Dishes to wash = Food to eat
- Crumbs under the table = Family meals
- Grocery shopping = $ to provide for us
- Toilets to clean = Indoor plumbing
- Lots of noise = People in my life
- Endless questions about homework = Children’s brains growing
- Sore and tired in bed = I’m still alive
At holidays we often will list the many blessings in our lives, and like many yogis I do a gratitude practice to acknowledge all the wonderful gifts that are present in my life. What I loved about this list is it takes some of the things we grumble about doing and makes us realize again how lucky we are compared to most people in the world.
A real lesson for me is number 7 toilets to clean, and realizing how many people in the world do not have indoor plumbing. Convenience aside the health risks that come with poor sanitary conditions associated with no indoor plumbing will make me think about cleaning my toilets in a whole new way.
A yoga practice really helps you to shift your attitude about many things. As you release the tensions in your spine and your muscles become more open this also effects your mind. Your mind can become more flexible making it easier to shift from grumpy to grateful.
When you approach these mundane tasks from a place of gratitude, they are no longer a chore. When you do these tasks from a place of gratitude they are no longer done with a feeling of resentment, but from a place of joy. Lets be honest dishes and laundry need to be done, and a clean bathroom is more sanitary. So the next time you feel resentful or are grumbling about your less pleasant mundane tasks find that place of gratitude and joy that is ever present inside you, remember all you have to be thankful for and see if you attitude shifts and these chores will get finished in no time.