Gratitude is the gracious acknowledgement of all that sustains us, giving appreciation to all that we have, great and small.
So often, we have so many things and gifts that go unappreciated, not because we are not thankful for them, but because we do not take the time to be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
Practicing a meditation on gratitude is the loving acknowledgement of all that we have to be thankful for.
Let yourself sit quietly. Allow your body to relax and open. Breathe.
Start with your body. Feel the energy flowing through your breath. Feel how thankful you are for your body and all that it allows you to do, regardless of the condition of your health.
Extend your gratitude to all who support and nourish you — your family, friends, your community.
Give thanks to the special moments and lessons you have been given. A hug from your child. A belly laugh. Wisdom.
Perhaps you are grateful for your freedom of thought, to imagine, to create, to live your life as you choose.
You can also give gratitude to the blessings of this earth and the wonders of nature – the sea, the trees, flowers, birds singing, for sunlight and the stars, the universe and the creative intelligence that underlies all of creation.
As you grow your gratitude, you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.
When you write down what you are grateful for you will very quickly start to notice that you have so much more gratitude in your life. You will begin to feel as though you are living a new life, one with abundance.1