“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” —Maya Angelou
Congratulations on completing the first two weeks of our 21-Day Meditation Experience! Spending time in silence is an act of powerful self-nurturance. Through meditation, you are connecting more deeply with your heart, understanding its desires, and clearing a path to realize your dreams.
Today’s meditation focuses on gratitude. When we appreciate all that we have in life, our egos step out of the way, inviting even greater abundance into our lives.
Practicing gratitude for our lives as human beings – for the air we breathe, for our magnificent bodies, and the beauty of being alive – is a wonderful place to start. From this point of view, we can expand our gratitude outward, like ripples in a still pond, appreciating everything and everyone we encounter and those who touch our lives as well.
Our centering thought for today is:
“Gratitude is my prayer.”
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“So Hum.” I am.
Set the intention to greet each moment of the day in gratitude. As each encounter and situation crosses your path take time to pay attention to all of the things that you can be grateful for in the moment. May you cultivate the spirit of gratitude with effortless ease and enthusiasm, for as you do so you transform your world.
We have so much to be grateful for not only the past two weeks, but for life in general.
So so many things.
Our realization of our intentions, desires, hopes, dreams, and intuitions. To be grateful for the Divine Design of the Universe.
Let us say “thank-you.” It is time.
Thank-you is such a simple little phrase, but it means so much. Some people go their whole lives not showing appreciation for the things in their lives and take them for granted. I know it sounds silly, but the simple act of saying “thank-you” for running water and in-door plumbing is an act of miraculous ingenuity within itself.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
Gratitude carries us. Being thankful for our breath, the constant beating of our heart, and for the love that it expresses and receives to and from our loved ones.
“Being grateful is the by far the single most powerful thing you can do to change your life. When you allow yourself to feel gratitude in the present moment, in the now, the spiritual dimension of your life will change and expand and you will grow with it. Gratitude transforms us and welcomes and invites even more greatness into our lives.” – Oprah
Consider today’s centering thought,
“Gratitude is my prayer.”
Find a comfortable position with your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. In this moment go within. Go to that inner place of quiet where we experience our connection to the higher Self. Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breathe. With each breath allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable and more at peace. Now gently introduce today’s mantra.
“So hum.” I am.
Repeat the mantra silently to yourself. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, feelings in your body, or noises around you; simply repeat the mantra until you are finished.
What were your impressions of today’s meditation? Thursday is Thanksgiving, how will you show your gratitude?