B*tching is the New Black.

Via Sarah Ezrin
on Nov 20, 2013
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People love to complain.

And lately it seems en vogue to be dissatisfied and overworked.

“Busy”, “tired”, “overwhelmed” appear to be normal states of being. Less and less do people say they are “great” and note the good things going on in their lives.

We unknowingly feed each other’s pessimism, as well. In conversation, when someone gripes, we unconsciously match that person’s frequency and suddenly the dialogue becomes a tennis match of current woes.

Let’s change this dynamic.

The most powerful antidote to any problem is gratitude.

Approaching life from a place of gratitude, we teach our brains—and our friends—to focus on the positive as opposed to the negative. Yogis call this pratipaksha bhavanam.

Gratitude is like a flashlight that shines a bright light on the darkness we are contending with. And suddenly the bad does not look so bad anymore.

This is not to diminish anyone’s experiences. Sometimes things are tough and no one should walk around with a plastic Stepford smile.

The Buddhists say it best, “life is suffering.” But have a choice, whether to fixate on the suffering or to illuminate the goodness in our lives.

There are so many things to be thankful for; even the simplest thing like the air you are breathing.

So when someone asks you how you are today and you have an urge to carp, pause and think of one amazing thing in your life at this moment.

Answer from a place of love and abundance and perhaps together we can raise the collective frequency of this bountiful place we call mother earth.

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Ed: Bryonie Wise



About Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a writer and regular contributor for many publications. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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