When I did my yoga teacher training in 2018 one of my favourite parts of the day was a meditation practice each morning. Meditation is something that was very new to me but that I noticed really helped me in setting a positive mind set.
During our training we were firstly asked to practice forgiveness. This was the most difficult one for me! Letting go of grudges, forgiving yourself for mistakes you had made or for missed opportunities. We then moved onto gratitude. Being grateful for where we were and the people we were with, for ourselves and all the opportunities we had been given, for support from others... anything at all!
Finally, guidance. At first I felt like I should be asking someone or higher power for guidance but then I realised for me it was just like writing a list. Giving myself some space to think about what I was doing next and what I needed to do to get there.
I had forgotten how this practice made me feel until I added it in at the end of a yoga class I taught recently. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to take some time out and reflect on all the great things going on in our lives, big and small.
As part of my daily routine I am going to make sure I take a moment each day to be grateful for the little things in my life, whether it’s in the shower, brushing my teeth, walking to work or in a queue for coffee. That, for me, is one way of treating yourself better.