‘Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart. Not in the mind.’ ~ Lionel Hampton
We have all likely experienced a moment in which a memory has been triggered and we are each subject to the emotional wellspring it brings forth. Whether in recollection of a person, a place or event, a beloved pet, or any number of experiences, an onrush of feelings is what tells us that this particular memory is a part of our soul. When our hearts are big enough to hold them, the most significant memories take up residence there; where we may make a practice of gratitude for having had the experience in the first place.
Not all memories are happy, as not all of our practices are easy. But it is the lens through which we view our experiences that invites the lesson. Each and every time we arrive to our mats, we are asked to cultivate space for our Radiant Hearts. It is the framework in which the rest of our movement unfolds. If we haven’t been able to make space for ourselves to breath; if we haven’t allowed for room to move with humility, or if we haven’t opened a channel for a positive attitude it is no wonder that we feel stuck in our bodies. It isn’t the knowing of it, but the embodiment of these principles that allows us to move with grace and a deep appreciation for life. If ever you have come to a class feeling down but left with a spring in your step, you have experienced the healing power of mindful movement and as a consequence, a positive shift of perspective. This is our essence, and our truest source of empowerment through all of life’s ups and downs.
The next time you find yourself in the throes of a memory, pause for just a moment and offer up a whisper of gratitude. For despite the longing or the sadness, or because of the happiness and the joy, we can know our hearts are alive and beating. And that we have made room there, a home, for our most vital remembrances.
I look forward to seeing each one of you on your mats.