One of the benefits of age and experience is learning to enjoy life’s pleasures; an extra moment of sleep, clean sheets, fresh coffee, walks with friends. In our busy, hurried lives, we take for granted, if we consider at all, the important foundational structures that sustain us – love of family, emotionally supportive friends, and health, as well as the more elemental components – no traffic, no toothache, sneakers that don’t hurt.
One of the reasons yoga has found its way back into my life is its fundamentally inherent system of balance. As time moves on, I am more aware of the significance of balance (and imbalance) and gratitude (and the fear and anxiety that can block it).
Being grateful for what we do have is not simply an end in itself but part of a larger process that allows peace, beauty and information into our lives. Allowing this peace, beauty and information entrance, sets us up for the betterment we seek by opening our hearts and minds to the very circumstances and people that may lead us there.