If you begin your meditation practice with no other intent than to cultivate your feelings of gratitude, you will reap the benefits of a heart that gently opens to the blessings that already surround you. Replenishing our spirit with recognition and thankfulness for all of the small and typically unnoticed good things in our lives gradually builds our sense of quiet joy and contentment.
Gratitude is a powerful way of nurturing inner resilience, joy and calm. Dr Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey are once again offering their free, 21-day online meditation experience called, “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude”
The event starts March 25th, 2019. The daily guided meditations are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length, and are a wonderful way to start…. or end… your day.
As the saying goes, “It is not happiness that creates gratitude. It is gratitude that creates happiness.”
One of the best ways to uplift your mood and boost your happiness set point, is to “Take in the Good”. Watch Dr. Rick Hanson tell us why, and how, we can develop an “attitude of gratitude” for the blessings and abundance in our lives.
Gratitude for the blessings and abundance in our lives is a simple, wonderful way to be present in the moment. Gratitude helps us become more joyful, and more receptive to the small but bountiful things that fill our day, but typically slip under the radar because we are too busy thinking about all the “other” things that have to be done.
So if we find we are too preoccupied to be grateful for the good things in life – how (and WHY??) would we ever be grateful for the “bad stuff” that happens”?? Why on earth would we be thankful for the things we don’t want??
Here is a perspective on WHY gratitude for the difficult things in life, can help turn “bad” into “better”
Looking for some guided meditations for your home practice? Fortunately, the Chopra Center has been kind enough to post a variety of them, ranging in time from less than five minutes up to an hour, and include themes of Gratitude, Abundance, Awakening to Perfect Health, Creativity, Letting Go of Control….and many more.
Dr. Rick Hanson, PhD and neuropsychologist, has recorded this guided meditation on, “Taking in the Good.” We enjoyed it in our third class when we discussed the topic of gratitude – feel free to play it again and again, and use it in your daily meditation if you find this particular approach resonates with you!
This meditation is from his CD set, “Meditations to Change Your Brain” which is available for loan from the Scugog Memorial Public Library, or for purchase. Alternatively, the whole set is available (like this one) on YouTube.
When you are meditating, please remember when thoughts or emotions arise during your session (as they inevitably will):
Witness them – don’t resist them – but don’t participate in them either
Accept your thoughts and emotions just as they are – No Judgement
Take some time to experience the emotions without “feeding them”