Pain becomes a learned behavior. You begin to guard your movements to protect your body, you fear a surge of pain, you’re worn out, and on emotional overload. Repeating sleepless nights start to fuel anxiety and depression. When pain overcomes you even the simple tasks in life feel insurmountable.
Gratitude elevates your mood, improves your social outlook, and is associated with better overall health. Truly, a grateful heart is a healthy heart!
Gratitude, the act of being appreciative for the goodness in our lives, begins in our hearts and finds rest in the well–being of another person. Your acts of kindness have a ripple effect—the recipient is more likely to perpetuate good will. Expressing gratitude allows you to become more attuned to sources outside of yourself and form closer bonds with people and nature.
Cultivating an attitude of thankfulness ignites hope in the world.
The light has changed, casting longer shadows, as dusk arrives just a bit earlier each evening. We are moving into a yin time of year and nature is slowing down. Have you noticed the ducks flying south, bird songs are changing, and how gardens bow to frost? Nature is yielding to welcome winter and the introverted days of deep winter.
The emotional pain of infertility often causes disconnect between your head and heart. There are days when your mind is flooded with despair, but your heart wants to preserve a flicker of hope. One of the purposes of yoga is to cultivate a perfect union with your true self—to practice aligning your mind with the inner, quiet desires of your heart. The tools you learn through yoga practice, stretching, breathing, and meditation, become your foundation for soothing your body’s response to daily stressors.
Migraine pain can be debilitating and stop you in your tracks. You may miss days of work or school and find it difficult to socialize or care for your family. It feels like a veil of pain has come between you and the rest of the world —the pain is piercing and throbbing, it may make you feel sick to your stomach and unable to concentrate. Sometimes, relief only comes after retreating to a dark, quiet space where you can sleep away the pain.