Gratitude is a powerful emotion and state of being. It has been clinically shown to improve a person’s sense of well-being and social support – which in turn nurtures MORE social support and well-being. 🙂
Here’s a Science and Spirit Article all about that (but don’t go too far, come back and do this meditation!)
For today’s meditation we are going to count our blessings and then take it to the next level!
Find your most relaxed mediation state of being and once you are there proceed with the meditation:
To start today’s meditation I want you think about all of the things in your life that you are grateful for. And not only do I want you to just tick them off like a list, I want you to sit and image each one. How is your life better with this in it? Who came together to help you get this thing? Really think about it and feel thankful the whole time. (If you find this difficult go read the footnote at the end of this meditation*)
Once you feel like you have gone through the major things in your life that are positive, wonderful things to be thankful for and you have generated some of that good positive energy inside I want you to imagine it going into a small ball at the center of your body – maybe right at your heart.
Imagine it glowing there and really feel all of that gratitude.
Now each breath in I want you to breathe in good positive energy and when you breathe out breathe all of that goodness and gratitude into that ball and make it expand.
So this ball is going to expand with each breath.
Spend some time here and keep it expanding well beyond yourself, expand it through your neighborhood, and through the whole world if you have time to sit that long.
Imagine your gratitude energy permeating all things and people. Imagine them awash in your thankful light ball of positive energy.
Spend a few moments just feeling that connection and positive energy.
Have fun with this meditation. 🙂
*If you find it hard to feel thankful or find things in your life to be thankful for you can do a sort of negative reflection that will make them stand out. I don’t like focusing negative energy but in this case it really works. Just spend a minute thinking that there are people in this world who don’t have enough food, who can’t go to the doctor, who don’t have clean water etc… There are people who’s bodies are filled with disease, and who cannot lead normal lives. There are people who spend most of their time in hospitals etc… – Now, this is quite negative so don’t dwell on these things – that is NOT the point! – just think of it as a whole and then go back to your own life and I bet you can find some (or a LOT) of things to be grateful for now.
It’s okay to let go of feeling down or negative. Sometimes we get stuck in a negative pattern and it can feel odd to feel better/good. Sometimes the only way we’ve interacted with others is through sympathy and now we’re stuck in a rut. It’s okay to let that go and be a happy person. 🙂