By Kate Jarosinska
Gratitude is a natural and often spontaneous feeling of love that results from the absolute presence and desire to be here now. Suffering can only occur in time and is the result of a personal story - a dream of the past and the future. Presence is absolute and contains the infinite power of love in its totality. Love arises as a sense of awe, joy and gratitude.
The beauty that unravels for the person in the present moment is full of everything and anything that the person is seeking. In a sense it is also the death of a search, as deep fulfillment results from complete presence. This is a practice as much as it is the true nature of the human. The present moment draws us in so completely and so fully because it is the wholeness that we are seeking, it is our meeting with our true selves.
This is so extremely beautiful and a very useful practice to manage stress, improve relations, allow space for creativity and healing as well as giving life to the purity of all that is. When our thoughts, desires, personal stories and dramas seduce us out of the present moment, the second we become aware of discomfort or even pleasure, we are right back within the infinite feeling of love. To be aware is to feel aliveness, and this aliveness is where the love is. The love is the fulfilling principle and the beauty in which gratitude pours from.
During the holiday season we need this message, because this is a message of remembrance. This is a message of us not only coming home to our families to celebrate and dance, but also of our coming home to the deep wellspring of our very selves. When you’re driving out on the freeway trying to get to your destination, there may be a sense of hurry. When you’re waiting in the line at the grocery store there may be an anxiety from the long lines and banging shopping carts. Maybe there is worry about getting through financially with all the gifts and expenses. Maybe there are tense family relations and things aren’t going your way. This is all aliveness. This is all beautiful. This is all a calling of the present, desiring you to unify and come home with all that is.
Nothing needs to be changed or improved. There is nothing you need to get and nowhere you need to go. There is just THIS: here and now. The ordinary and simple present moment, which is full of so much peace and freedom. It is the sound of cars, the echoes of conversation, the sensations in your body, the colors of the light, the sadness, the joy. It’s all it. As it beckons you forth, go ahead and follow it and allow your heart to break open with gratitude.
About Kate Jarosinska
Kate Jarosinska is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, founder of Youth4Yoga, Spiritual Shifts and a blogger from Warsaw, Poland. In her teaching she blends deep pranayama practices with positive messages and guided imagery to facilitate therapeutic impacts on the body and mind. She has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for close to a decade and leads the Live + Breathe Catholic Charities refugee and immigrant yoga program.