Mindfulness Day 8 of 21 - Cultivating Gratitude

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Congrats on completing the first week of 21 Days of Mindfulness! In just seven days, we’ve breathed, explored our bodies and senses, eaten mindfully, and practiced loving kindness.

As we have two weeks to go, I wanted to check in and ask you all for your feedback on the program so far. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey to let us know how your experience has been and how we can adapt to your desires!

Today, we offer a practice to cultivate gratitude for the abundance we have in our lives. 

Today’s Practice*

Take some time to find a quiet place and get into a comfortable position. Allow your body to be relaxed and open. Take three deep breaths to center.

Begin the practice of gratitude by feeling how year after year you have cared for your own life.

Now let yourself begin to acknowledge all that has supported you in this care:

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 blessing of this earth I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.

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

I offer my gratitude for the community 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.

When finished, pause to notice how you feel now. You can let this feeling take you into whatever today brings.

Thank you for your practice, and Happy Thursday!

Kelly

*Thanks to Jack Kornfield for this practice of gratitude.


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