Get Still and Give Thanks: Gratitude Meditation

There is so much to be grateful for even in the midst of uncertainty, stress, and/or pain. We love to end our yoga classes with a brief meditation before our students relax into savasana. One main purpose of yoga asanas (postures) is to prepare the body to sit for meditation. So find a comfortable seat on a pillow, up against a wall or even sitting in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor while your back is supported by the chair. Now close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths then open your eyes and practice the gratitude meditation below:

With gratitude I remember the people, animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life every day.

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me.

I offer my gratitude for the safety and well-being I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the blessings of this earth I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the company I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.

~ Jack Kornfield, “A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy,” The Wise Heart (Bantam, 2008), 399-400

Posted on September 10, 2013 and filed under Gratitude, Yoga, Wellness.