Updated: Apr 23, 2020
This week our online classes have been steeped in the theme of gratitude. We have been cultivating an attitude of gratitude.
Our brains have a negativity bias where bad news sticks like velcro, and good news slides off like a teflon non-stick pan. This is a survival mechanism. However, during these current challenging and topsy turvy times with the caronavirus there is SO much negative news and fear that we can easily fall in to a very negative and unhealthy mind set.
Thankfully our brains are neuroplastic, they can change. The more we use them in a certain way the stronger they get - "Neurons that fire together wire together". We need to re-wire our brains in positive ways (now even more than ever) to be able to flourish as an individual and as a community.
Some positive ways to re-wire your brain are:
Listen to a favourite song / music and sing along
Read inspirational quotes / poems
Hug your pet/s and/or family members (that you are in lock-down with)
Cook your favourite meal/s
Watch a funny movie
Call up a good friend and have some laughs together
Be kind to yourself
Attached below is an inspirational quote by Melody Beattie and a poem by Kitty O'Meara (her helpful and creative response to the caronavirus). I shared both of these during our online classes this week, I hope you find them helpful too. I have also attached links to 2 of my guided gratitude practices which can be found on Insight Timer (which is a free App) - www.insighttimer.com/freya and a link to the class video rental for this weeks recorded class 'YIN yoga + Gratitude Practice'.
I wish you all the best with your gratitude practice.
PS. If you find the guided practices on Insight Timer helpful please leave a review or rating.
By Melody Beattie
And the people stayed home…
By Kitty O’Meara
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