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gratitude-meditation-how to guide

29 Mar 2018

Goddess Gratitude Meditation

“Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the monks and nuns even offer prayers of gratitude for the suffering they have been given” 

Starting your day with gratitude is one of the most powerful things you can do. There are so many benefits of incorporating a gratitude meditation into your morning routine and yoga practice. Not only does this set your day off on the right foot, it creates awareness of how good life is and how blessed you are. It balances and lightens the load of anything that may have been worrying or stressing you.  In addition gratitude meditation is a great treatment for depression and anxiety, leaving you happier, more mindsul and with increased self-love.

gratitude-meditation-how to guide

GODDESS GRATITUDE MEDITATION

This is a beautiful and mindful way to start your day where you focus on all the things you feel grateful for. Following your morning routine or yoga practice find a peaceful area and take a seated pose.

  1. To start your practice we suggest allowing your eyes to gently close or maintain a soft focus, gazing 6-12 feet in front of you then…..
  2. Take a slow, deep breath to bring yourself into awareness of the present moment and begin the process of feeling more peaceful and centred. Breathe into the belly so it expands as you breathe in and gets smaller as you breathe out.
  3. Now, take a minute or two to mentally scan your body for any areas where there is tightness, tension, or soreness. Then imagine breathing your warm, oxygen-filled breath into that area; as you breathe out, let the tension release, breathing it out. With each exhale allow your body to relax further.
  4. Now, notice any worries, fear, anger, irritation, jealousy, judgment or negative thoughts that you may have. Just breathe into those emotions, noting them, accepting them and allowing them to flow out as you breathe out. Another breath into any uncomfortable emotions, and breathing out, releasing them [5 seconds].
  5. Now any thoughts of memories, plans, things to do, associations, anything other than being here, breathing, just breathe into those thoughts, and as you breathe out, allow the thoughts to flow out with the breath.
  6. Now that our bodies, emotions, and thoughts are a little clearer, a bit more spacious and open, we can begin to focus on the events, experiences, people, pets, or possessions for which we feel grateful. Each time you practice, pick 1 to focus on.
  7. Let this grateful thought fill you up with happiness, let it sit in your belly and rise up to your throat, if you feel the need to laugh or smile do so.
  8. When you open your eyes and begin your day, take your grateful thought with you, allowing it to inform and energise you throughout the day.

 

 

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