“Gratitude meditation opens the door to the power, the wisdom and the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra
What is gratitude meditation ?
“A simple way to meditate” because at its core, all you have to do is just “reflect on all the people and things you are grateful for”
For the moment that is now, put aside whatever else is going on in the world or in your own life, and breathe with me. Breathe in and fill your lungs, your heart, your head, your body with air – pushing away every other thought and need, just for a second.
Breathe out and feel the gratitude of life, the joy of just being alive.Breathe in, and then send out a breath of thanks for just being able to breathe.
Gratitude meditation is a form of awareness, of being present, of opening our hearts and seeing the riches that surround us.
We have already seen, heard, noticed, or realized so many things that generate an experience of gratitude.
We are grateful for the food we ate and for the warm bed we got out of, for the beauty of nature, and the beauty of our spirits, for family and friends.
There are many people in our lives that we are grateful for – both those who have passed on and those who are still living – that were our teachers, guides, those who nurtured us.
We are grateful for all that has happened in our lives whether we saw it as good or bad at the time, that has shaped each of us into the special person we are now and has led us to be here, in this place, together.
And we long to be connected with life, to be present, and awake, and aware of the good things that are everywhere in our lives – at those times we can feel gratitude. We are grateful for our spiritual practices, such as gratitude, skills that we develop to live richer, happier, more satisfying lives.
We know that when we cannot feel gratitude, we are like someone who goes outside in the sunshine and closes their eyes and says “It’s dark out now” even though the sun is shining down on them.
It is not because all the things we are grateful for have disappeared – even if a few of them might have changed – it is because we, for a while, have cut ourselves off, because we have closed our hearts because for a time we have ceased to see the wonders present in life. And yet, and yet: More Love only brings more love. More joy only brings us more joy.
More gratitude only opens us to see more things that we are grateful for. Even in times of adversity, we are grateful: with every tear, we shed we learn about compassion, with every hurt we learn about forgiveness, self-acceptance, our own strengths.
We are grateful that anger gives us energy so that we can make changes, work for justice. May we take gratitude for our attitude – a feeling that becomes a way of life.
When we focus on gratitude, we encourage many other positive habits to blossom within. And these habits help us cultivate health and happiness, not only for ourselves but for those around us.
When we carry ourselves with positive energy, those around us are able to conduct that energy and radiate it onward and outward to the next person, and the next.
When we specialize in feeling, we tend to encourage several alternative positive habits to blossom inside. And these habits cultivate health and happiness, not just for ourselves, but for those around us.
Once we carry ourselves with positive energy, those around us square measure ready to conduct that energy and radiate it onward and outward to consecutive person, and therefore the next
So, how does gratitude meditation help? Well, here are some of the many benefits a grateful attitude can promote: