LoveBlog - Why You Should Be Grateful for Your Pain & Challenges

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"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people." - Carl Jung


This past weekend I was visiting my sister, brother law, and nieces in northern Massachusetts. It was an incredible weekend with family and time with my nieces makes my heart sing. They want to be picked up, held, carried, and a few games were played on the floor because that's how one is while you're under 10. All of this took a toll on my back and hips and in a swift motion from getting up off the ground, I had a split second moment of "oh no!" I did something funky to my back. The pain has lasted for a few days now. I've practiced yoga, rested, Advil, warm bath with salt but nothing is making the pain subside. While teaching my 7am yoga class this morning I realized a few things; one the pain someone may be feeling with back pain and what they can and cannot do because I was feeling it myself. Second, a reminder that pain and challenges are ways in which we can grow and improve our lives. Pain within the body is the energetic body bringing what needs to be released to the surface whether it be emotions, thoughts, old behavior or even inherited beliefs/emotions/thought patterns. The challenges we face in our lives are what we need to work on. The pain in my back and hips allows me to have empathy as well as hopefully helpful yoga options to those I meet/teach on a regular basis. We cannot know what someone is going through until we go through it ourselves. We can have sympathy and feel for someone's situation but until we've experienced it, we can't truly understand or relate. We may even judge others until we've gone through a similar situation. 

These challenges and pains help us to grow and evolve. We should count them as blessings. Easier said than done. It has taken me a few days to come to this realization about my hips and back. Maybe you have chronic pain; physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or financial and it's difficult for you to see how these pains and challenges are a blessing. That's ok. When you're ready, the opportunity to let go will present itself.

Here are ways I help to let go and I know there are an infinite number of tools out there to help you. Find what works best for you and see if you can be receptive to alternatives. 

  • Prayer

  • Yoga

  • Chakra meditation

  • Releasing trapped emotions (emotion code)

  • Working with angels

  • Working with white light

Exercise for gratitude

Write down one thing you are grateful for.  then write five things about that one thing on why you are grateful.  Example: I am grateful for Nantucket.  1. I am grateful for Nantucket because of the incredible year round community. 2. I am grateful for Nantucket because it's beautiful in every season.  3.  I am grateful for Nantucket because my family and friends live here.  4. I am grateful for Nantucket because it allows me to feel at peace and grounded.  5. I am grateful for Nantucket because of the incredible opportunities available here.

I find this exercise especially helpful when you're faced with a challenging person or situation.  Write down the person or situation and find the five reasons you are grateful for them.  Also, challenge yourself to do this gratitude exercise one a day for 30 days.  I bet your days will be better and you'll be happier by the end.  Please make sure to comment or email your findings!

Love Tip - Be grateful for the pain and challenges in your life and in your body. These are your two greatest teachers. 

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Peace, Love & Hugs!

Dorothy

Please find the Nantucket Dharma Yoga teacher schedule below, which includes the classes I guide as well as the other teachers.  And if you would like a private session with me which includes any combination relationship coaching, self-love, mediation, healing and yoga, contact me at 508-221-3394 or email me,Dorothy@DorothydStover.com

 

For class changes and to book your spot, click here .

  • Sundays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Restorative Yoga
  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm All levels. Free donation based class. Dorothy Stover. This Sunday the proceeds will benefit A Safe Harbor For Animals
  • Mondays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based Hatha Sheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial Yoga Sheri Perelman
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm All Levels Ted Burnham
  • Tuesdays
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am Hatha Dorothy Stover
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and StretchLynne Begier
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial YogaJoann Burnham
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Dharma Yoga all levelsJoann Burnham
  • Wednesdays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based Hatha Sheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Restorative Yoga Sheri Perelman
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial YogaDorothy Stover
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm HathaDorothy Stover
  • Thursdays
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am HathaDorothy Stover
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Dharma Yoga all levels Joann Burnham
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and Stretchlynne begier
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Aerial YogaJoann Burnham
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Dharma Yoga all levelsJoann Burnham
  • Fridays
  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am Alignment Based HathaSheri Perelman
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Dharma Yoga all levelsJoann Burnham
  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am Restorative Aerial YogaSheri Perelman
  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Candlelight Restorative joann and ted
  • Saturdays
  •   8:15 am - 9:30 am Dynamic Yogalynne begier
  • 10:00 am - 11:15 am Somatic Movement and Stretchlynne begier

We look forward to sharing space with you. Namaste. For class changes and to book your spot, click here .