5 Minute Gratitude Meditation

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5 Minute Gratitude Meditation

Of the eight limbs of yoga, four or more are based on meditation. The goal when doing yoga postures is to open the hips, strengthen the back, and quiet the mind so we can sit comfortably and meditate. Studies show that people who regularly acknowledge the things they are thankful for live happier lives, so I started this meditation so I can express these things to myself even on days when I only have five minutes to sit down and meditate. Other thoughts will come up, but you don’t have to chase them. Don’t go to war with your brain’s honorable attempt to do its job. So grab a seat in criss cross apple sauce or hero’s pose, and let’s get started!

Minute one

Take this minute to focus on your breath. Inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts. Walk your internal gaze through your body, breathing into any places that you’re holding tension.

Minute two

Think of all the things you are thankful for in yourself. All of the parts of your character that help you to spread positivity and light to those around you. Avoid ‘wishing’ you were a certain way, and remember that even the little things are worth acknowledging.

Minute three

Think of every person you are thankful for in your life. Surely one minute will not be enough, but just flip through your mental photo album of everyone who loves, supports, and pushes you to do better. Taking just a minute to do this every day will enrich your relationships, even if it’s just subconscious.

Minute four

Fill in the blank with your own thank you prayer to the universe. Mine today- Thank you. I am grateful. I am grateful for this moment. I am thankful for my family, the roof over my head, my boyfriend, my friends. I am thankful for my process, and what I have accomplished in my life so far.

Minute five

Repeat the mantra: My life is full and abundant.

10 Reasons to Develop a Gratitude Habit

Happy people actively exercise gratitude, choosing to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.”

The happiest people can move beyond that biological set point through practices like yoga and meditation. In fact, research suggests that gratitude can be learned by anyone to transform our lives for the better. By actively practicing gratitude, we can actually raise our “happiness set-point,” regardless of the situation and no matter what the circumstance.

Appreciation makes us aware of the blessings present in our life, from moment to moment. There is always something to be grateful for if you are fully engaged in what’s happening in the now, instead of replaying the past or worrying about the future.

Read the full article here

Gratitude for Our Feet Moving Us Forward by Silvia Mordini

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Today’s focus is Gratitude for our FEET that walk about 7,500 steps A DAY!

According to WikiAnswers: “The average moderately active person takes about 7500 steps a day. Assuming every day the person walks, an eighty year old person who began walking at one year of age, would have taken 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. An average person, with an average stride, living to this age of 80 will walk about 108,131 miles.”

Walking trekking in the rivers of Costa Rica is not easy. If it rains on the mountains it makes the water unclear down by the ocean so you can’t see the bottom of where you are walking. And if it’s clear on the mountains then this pays forward and you can see the bottom. Either way you can’t walk fast down a river. You have to stay mindful, purposeful and tuned in.

And for every step you feel it count.

Every day in Costa Rica we take a Thank you Walk. – a walk of gratitude. And I encourage you to take a daily Thank You Walk at home too. Or if it’s not possible to walk outside then practice yoga and think of the poses linked with movement as a gratitude walk.

How does it work? You simply take a walk—outside, in a mall, at your office, on a treadmill—and while walking you think about all the things, big and small, that you are grateful for.

And as you walk try to imagine yourself on a pilgrimage through life in which you notice all the blessings you have received. Take time on your journey to stop and experience the joy of life’s wonder. Recall positive experiences and moments of healing and love. Visualize those persons who have been most pivotal in your life adventure.

We have a 7,500 opportunities to practice COURAGE each day, each step. Nothing more courageous than to keep going. Our hearts are more resilient than we sometimes give them credit for being: “It is not easy to keep your heart open in the face of the trials of being human. Life an so often be difficult, disappointing. When we finally stop struggling with life, stop wanting it to be anything but what it is now – not giving up – then our heart will indeed fall open, and we shall know beyond all doubt that all is well.” (unknown)

Why should you do this?The research shows you can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time so when you combine gratitude with physical exercise, you give yourself a double boost of positive energy. You flood your brain and body with positive emotions and natural anti-depressants that uplift you rather than the stress hormones that drain and slowly kill you. Julia Cameron says “Walking with our soles is really walking with our souls.” Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi

10 Benefits of Gratitude by Silvia Mordini

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I love this time of year when everyone is thinking about gratitude. For yogis it’s a year-long, life-long practice. Maybe just maybe my hope is that folks get into the gratitude habit now and keep it forever.

Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How We Choose to Be Happy, they found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice Appreciation.  The other of the nine choices includes: Intention, Accountability, Identification, Centrality, Recasting, Options, Giving, Truthfulness, and Synergy.

Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.”

Read the full article here on Daily Cup of Yoga

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Stay tuned for Silvia Mordini & Haute Yoga Queen Anne’s Happiness Project! Coming Soon!

Gratitude Habit by Silvia Mordini

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As Gratitude is something which none of us can give too much I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you sharing your time with me by coming to class. Your support encourages me to work even harder at serving you better. I really want to offer you the most beautiful, caring environment and inspiring classes possible so at the end of when you have a tough day you can regain clarity.

Is Your Soul Asleep?

I REMEMBER WHEN MINE WAS. THIS PRACTICE OF YOGA WOKE ME UP. IT WOKE ME UP TO MAKING GRATITUDE A HABIT.
When your soul is in charge your life becomes a LOVE STORY.
A love story between you and yourself, between you and everybody else, between you and the divine�…I�d love to seduce you into wondering about your soul; the way it moves, how it smells, feels, tastes, speaks, acts, even what it wears. And most Importantly how it is part of you that makes you a fascinating, mysterious individual. (By Gabrielle Roth � Sweat your Prayers)

A healthy Gratitude Habit can in the words of Melody Beattie “unlock the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Sometimes all it takes to reconnect to our Gratitude Habit is coming back to the mat and reigniting that inner light through gentle reminder of how lucky we really are. “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” (Albert Schweitzer) So this week join me in taking the gratitude habit from the mat into the world. How? Try this:

  • Reverse any tendency you have to make comparisons.
  • Quit talking about what you don’t have compared to what you have;
  • Stop complaining about how you are doing career-wise, relationship-wise, or any other-wise.
  • Instead, concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, saying to yourself from morning to night I am grateful for.

And I promise you will discover a life filled with gratitude wakes up and nurtures your soul and brings quiet joy! Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Gratitude is confidence in life itself.
Gratitude gladdens the heart.
As gratitude grows it gives rise to joy.
Like gratitude joy gladdens the heart.
We can be joyful for people we love,
for moments of goodness, for sunlight and trees,
and for the breath within us.
And as our joy grows
we finally discover a happiness without cause.
We can rejoice in life itself, in simply being alive!

-From The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess, and Peace By Jack Kornfield

20 Quotes to Get You Fired Up About Gratitude

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Experts agree that actively practicing gratitude brings a wealth of mental, physical and social benefits. And all we need to do is consciously be prompted to be grateful.

Gratitude based on a faith that everything that happens or doesn’t happen in your life is for your own best interests.  That we live in a purposeful universe.  Life is always for you; it is never against you.  It is a fact that blessings sometimes come wrapped in fear, pain, and tears.  In choosing to practice unconditional gratitude you are choosing to trust the process, to honor your feelings and to place your faith in an outcome of inevitable grace. — William Holden, Be Happy

Check out the full article on MindBodyGreen!

Earth Day Gratitude

Thank you trees. For providing us shade on sunny days, for reminding us that growing tall begins with strong roots and a sturdy foundation. Thank you to the woods and the forests for teaching us to find the still place inside and giving us a spiritual experience with every step into your splendor. Thank you for proving that a grand forest begins with a single seed.

 Thank you ocean. For making us feel small, for giving us a sense of wonder. Thank you for the consistency of your waves that sooth us. Thank you for your refreshing flow that softens, smooths, and cleanses us like stones in a river.

Thank you sky. For sparking our imagination, for showing us your stars to gaze at pensively and reminding us that we are all connected, looking up at the same sun.

Thank you fire, sunshine, and heat. For warming us and making us feel ignited and alive. Thank you for your example of rapid, purifying change like a wildfire of transformation.

Thank you mountains and hills. For being the original, un-decaying natural monuments of our planet. Thank you for inspiring us to set higher goals and not be frightened of the elevation.

 Thank you for every living plant and creature that keeps the delicate balance of our planet. Thank you for providing nourishment, cleaning our air, and showing us that love and companionship is possible without words.