Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Meditation for Gratitude

This is a simple meditation exercise to help us not get caught up in focusing so much on what we want or what we think we need; but instead being completely grateful and mindful of the things we have.

Warm up Exercise
Write down ten things you are grateful for, or make a mental list in your head.

1. Find time to be alone and in a place where you will not be disturbed. (I have even done this meditation while showering before bed; because being a mom...sometimes that is as much alone time as you are going to get!) Sit in any way that makes you comfortable and read or think over the list of ten things you made before.

2. Generate a sincere sense of gratitude for each item on your list. If you are grateful for your health; feel thankful for this good fortune. If you have a car, no matter what condition, be sincerely grateful to have transportation. If you have a partner, think of their wonderful qualities and be grateful that they are a part of your life.

3. After you have gone through your list, sit quietly and thank yourself, God, the universe, or whomever or whatever you choose for the gifts you have been given. Resolve on a daily basis to be mindful and grateful for the blessings you have.

Happiness is a state of mind. By allowing compassion, kindness, gratitude and love into our hearts and opening our minds to them, we can all live a full, truly happy life.

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