On Gratitude

“Gratitude is an antidote to the dark voice of illness that whispers to us, that insists that all we have become is our disease.”
-Dana Jennings

It is so easy for us to forget to be grateful, in any circumstance. When facing cancer, it becomes even easier. Unattained expectations and entitlement can often lead us to disappointment and suffering. When things start to unfold differently than we planned, we feel robbed and wronged. By cultivating a sense of gratitude for reality rather than a sense of disappointment in our imagined and expected outcomes, you can avoid that unnecessary anguish and learn to appreciate authenticity.

Yoga, in its simplest definition, is union. It is the belief that everyone and everything is connected and interdependent. Santosha is one of the niyamas, or yogic guidelines on how to live. It can be described as a state of contentment that is not affected by desire or fears of scarcity and it can be achieved through a dedicated practice of gratitude. You must break out of the self-centered point of view that comes so naturally to us as humans. This transformative exercise of gratitude will shift your perspective and your mood and teach you how to take a compassionate approach to your problems. Luckily, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice.

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About Josi Kytle

Founding Partner of y4c & the Retreat Project Josi is the impostor in this group of yogis. Although she practices yoga personally and believes in its healing physical and emotional benefits, Josi isn’t an instructor. Josi bring the business acumen and organizational strategy to the team to enable efficient and sustainable growth of the program. Her background is in consumer marketing for FTSE brands like Hilton, British Airways and Avis in both London and in New York City. Josi is also Tari’s daughter so their unique, loving and familial approach lead all aspects of the business.

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