Gratitude Meditation : Start with your Body
Often Heard and Seldom Practiced:
GRATITUDE IS THE KEY TO ABUNDANCE
We have so many things to be grateful for and so many ways in which to be grateful. This Gratitude Meditation for me is like starting at home, with the basics, with our body. I like to do this in Śavāsana after a yoga class, but you can do it at any time. It’s a great meditation to get you into a relaxed state just before you sleep. It’s very powerful to end your day with gratitude instead of the usual stressful thoughts.
You can sit or lay down to meditate. Either way, get comfortable. If you choose to sit, make sure your back is straight.
Close your eyes, and start by taking a few deep, relaxing belly breaths. Focusing on your breath will help to stay present.
After you start to feel a little more relaxed, just feel into your body. As you progress through the meditation, let your mind slowly feel it’s way to each body part.
As you scan your body, be grateful to each part. You can actually say whatever comes to your mind, naturally – the following meditation is for you to use as a guideline. Start by sending your mind towards your feet, and feel each toe. :
Thank you, my toes and my feet, for carrying my body around all day
Thank you, my ankles, for being flexible so I can walk
Thank you, my shins and calves. I send you love and thank you for your support
Thank you, my knees, for being wonderful flexible joints, and for helping me move forward. I send love from my heart to the cartilage, bones and every cell in and around you
Thank you my thighs, for helping my legs move forward
Thank you my pelvis, for protecting my organs, for being my foundation
Thank you my hips, for holding my emotions, for helping me to be active
Thank you my torso, my front and my back. Thank you my stomach for helping me to digest, thank you my lungs, for helping me to breathe. Thank you, my spine, for your constant and amazing support
Thank you my shoulders, for helping me carry my responsibilities, thank you my joints, I send loving light to every cell
Thank you my arms, for helping me to embrace my experiences
Thank you my wrists, my hands, my fingers, for helping me with simple tasks every day
Thank you, my neck, for supporting my head
Thank you my lips, mouth, nose eyes, and ears, for helping me to sense
Thank you my head, my mind, my brain, for being a part of me
Take your mind’s focus to your heart, and feel into all the loving energy that resides there. Feel the love. Give it a colour, perhaps. Now send the colour (or just the energy if you can’t feel a colour) from your heart all over your body.
If you have any injuries or disabilities, do the body scan as above. Send love to that body part instead of an emotion like anger or frustration.
Remember: Love soothes, anger inflames.