05 Dec Try This Guided Gratitude Meditation…
Try this quick gratitude meditation to help you to find inner calm and peace as well as appreciating everything you have in your life…
As part of the 31 Day Mindfulness Challenge I am encouraging people to stop thinking about the negative things in life and start focusing on the positive aspects through daily tasks and challenges. Some of these tasks are about actively doing something and some are more personal ones like journalling or spending time being quiet and focusing inwards.
If you have not been following along with the Mindfulness Challenge then do not worry, it is not dated so you can start anytime. Click the picture below to take you to page where you can get more info and download the challenge sheet.
As an added extra for those completing the challenge I have created a Gratitude Meditation for you that you can follow along with anytime. It will help you to focus on all the positive aspects of your life and to be thankful for those things.
What is Gratitude?
According to the Harvard Medical Journal, Gratitude is:
“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
Gratitude is a positive emotion that is felt after being the receiver of some sort of gift. It is an emotion that is often directed towards a person (the giver of a gift), though it is also often felt towards a higher power.
Why practice gratitude?
People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
How to practice gratitude?
1. Well first off, completing my 31 Day Mindfulness Challenge should make a good start. By carrying out mindfulness acts that get you to really think about how you live your life, how you treat others and yourself and how you think about the things you have can have a massive impact on your gratitude.
2. Secondly, if you have time, journal everyday a few things you are grateful. This helps to send positive messages to the brain and being grateful starts to become a habit.
3. Meditate. By meditating on gratitude you are in a calm and relaxed state which allows the mind to be more open to suggestions including only focusing on the good things in your life. This then brings those things to the front of your mind which can boost your mood and self esteem.