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The Easiest Meditation Technique for Busy People! Practicing Gratitude.
Before I learned to meditate my inner world was more or less in shambles! I had little control over the direction of my thoughts and feelings and I was at the mercy of my reactionary mind. Since learning to meditate, my heart and life have been infused with a sense of peace, power and optimism. Meditation is the most powerful and efficient tool I know of for transforming one’s inner world and harnessing one’s power. In part II of the Breakfast for the Soul Series, I’m sharing with you some of the easiest and most powerful meditation techniques I’ve come across for creating a more joyful, peaceful, creative and empowering life.
Firstly, I want to dispel any notions that meditation is boring, difficult or only works for some people. I’ve experimented with dozens of meditation techniques and while some may fall in this category depending on the person, the technique I’m sharing today is super fun, easy and quick- and if practiced consistently, it will surely give you instant results!
After I journal for a bit in the morning (+Breakfast 4 the Soul Part 1), my next act is to meditate. Sometimes I will meditate for just a few minutes…sometimes for an hour. If I’m really in a rush, I’ll practice karma yoga which is essentially meditation in action. If you are new to meditation, I recommend practicing with your eyes open in a comfortable seated position. The idea being that you don’t want to be distracted by your legs falling asleep or a sore back and furthermore, by practicing with your eyes open, you will easily be able to transition to meditation in action which is where a meditation practice is often most needed!
The Easiest Meditation Technique 1: Practicing Gratitude. While sitting comfortably think of a dozen things in your life you are grateful for. They can be huge and broad or small and specific. In addition to thinking about what you are grateful for, think about why you feel grateful for these things, people or experiences. The “why” will help you draw out feelings of gratitude. I like to think of our feelings as rocket fuel for any meditation practice. Using our thoughts in meditation is like taking an automobile to our destination, but when we incorporate our emotions and feelings, we fast track our experience.
Just practicing this for 5 minutes every morning will attract more abundance in your life. After all where attention goes, energy flows! Sometimes if you’re struggling with something to be grateful for, start looking at what life would be like if you didn’t have what you do in fact have. Also, it’s helpful to consider the things you may be taking for granted.
I love the book The Magic, which is a follow up to the famous book and movie “The Secret.” In “The Magic,” author Rhonda Byrne explains how not being grateful for something is essentially taking that something for granted. And when you factor in the law of attraction and Newton’s law of cause and effect, then that which we take for granted will be taken from us. On the flip side that which we give thanks for, we will be given more of.
For example, I used to be unhappy with the shape of my legs. Then I met someone with a lost limb. Wow, that gave me a much needed perspective. Now, I am so grateful I have the legs I do! We often take for granted just how lucky we are and how much we really have. Everyday, I practice feeling gratitude for the health I have, my inner and outer beauty, my skills, style, wealth, health, abundance, friends, family, partners. I’m grateful for my sense of humor, my education, travel experience, my plants and crystals. The list goes on and on. Sometimes someone will make me laugh till my stomach hurts. I’m grateful for that and by focusing on that my subconscious will automatically draw more of that to me. Just think what happens when you buy a new car. Before you know it, you see your car everywhere right? This is the power of attention and selective subconscious awareness.
If we can incorporate gratitude into our daily lives at the more subtle levels such as in our attitude and thoughts we will begin to experience the magic that makes the world go round. You know your gratitude practice is working because you cannot help but feel good. This is the sign that you have shifted your energy and on a quantum level you will begin drawing more and more abundance and experiences that will give you even more to be grateful for. The energy of gratitude is exponential!
A quick way to know you are not experiencing gratitude is to watch your words. Do you find yourself complaining or frustrated? Try and see the positive side of the situation. Perhaps you are learning something… there is probably a silver lining in there somewhere.
Give it a go and see just how fast you can turn a frown upside down! Perhaps you already have an awesome meditation practice! Do you incorporate gratitude? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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Lastly, here is a direct link to the awesome gratitude book “The Magic.”
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Till next time,