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Gratitude Meditation for Unsettling Times

by BridgetCommunity by Vicente Mansala

Do you have a gratitude practice? When I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 20 several years ago, I maintained listening people talking about “gratitude” journals, and I was plotted. Someone told me that all you needed to do was write down 15 things you were grateful for, every night before you went to bed. Seemed simple enough to me, so I tried it for a week. That was about all the gratitude I could muster, working that organization.

Then I learned in a upright Nina wrote a few years ago The Biochemical Basis for a Gratitude Practice that even just looking for things to be grateful for is very beneficial. In that upright, Nina quotes neuroscientist Alex Korb from his diary The Upward Spiral: Expending Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Tiny Change at a Time saying 😛 TAGEND

“It’s not feeling gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of feelings intelligence.”

So maybe that week wasn’t squandered. Over the years since my week of gratitude journaling, I came back to the concept of gratitude many times, with more success, and eventually the notion of a grateful musing came to light for me.

I recently discovered that Jack Kornfield has a Meditation on Gratitude and Joy, in which he starts with the macro or meta scene, then gradually moves his mode to the more specific. The trajectory of the more specific part is quite similar to the Loving Kindness Meditation I wrote about a few weeks ago in that the focus starts with self, moves on to loved ones, and finishes with other, or even enemy. It lays a solid foundation for getting started, if grateful meditation is a new concept for you.

It’s been an unsettling week here in the United Nation. Perhaps delaying for a few moments of reflection on grateful could help us all to feel a bit more unified as we move. So for those who are interested, here is the gratitude section of Jack Kornfield’s meditation, which you could rule on its own 😛 TAGEND

With gratitude I remember the people, swine, flowers, insects, men of the sky and ocean, air and ocean, fervor and earth, all whose joyful play consecrates my life every day.

With gratitude I retain the care and labor of thousands and thousands of contemporaries of elders and predecessors who came before me.I offer my grateful for the support of this dirt I have been given.I offer my grateful for the measure of health I have been given.I offer my grateful for the family and friends I have been given.I offer my grateful for local communities I have been given.I offer my gratitude for the teachings and exercises I have been given.I offer my grateful for the life I have been given.For more on this, realize the announce Meditation on Gratitude and Joy, which is an excerpt from Jack’s book The Wise Heart.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To dictate Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your regional bookstore.

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