|Gratitude Meditation Drawing|
By Tania Franco
I practiced a simple gratitude meditation for 5 minutes. I turn it into a game trying to find the smallest things that happened in the day to be grateful for. Sometimes things we take for granted really do make our life better. I try to be thankful for the parking space that was right by the store, the warm socks I am wearing on a cold day, the lady that smiled at me and made small conversation at the coffee shop, etc.
Many times this practice reminds me that my basic needs are met and that that is not the case for a large percentage of the worlds population. So I can learn to be grateful that I am warm in my home with food to eat and not take it for granted. It gives me perspective and grounds me.
Today I found that many great things happened even though it was an ordinary day. I sometimes forget that I am really blessed and this helps me to remember.
I felt grateful for the cuddling and laughter my son and I shared, having a good cup of coffee in silence while reading a book, finding great parking spots throughout the day ( I am grateful for parking especially after becoming a mom), meal planning and how that simplifies my life, having the luxury of going to yoga and having an hour and a half of connecting with myself, etc...
Simple Gratitude Meditation:
1. Sit comfortably with your spine aligned. You can sit in a chair, on the floor, on a sofa, anywhere for 5 minutes. I f you don't have 5 minutes, take 3 minutes.
2. Breathe. Take deep breaths.
3. Practice Gratitude. Try to think of things you feel grateful for, beginning with the most superficial things and then moving on to the deeper.
That's it! It's that easy.
Another great recommendation is to have a gratitude journal and write 5 things you feel grateful for each day, if you have more than 5, great! Don't limit yourself write more than 5. I think I learned this one from Oprah years ago while still in school. It was life changing.