Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mindfulness-Mindful of gratitude

We cannot allow Thanksgiving to pass without including it in our mindfulness series. Last year we looked at how yoga can help us cultivate feelings of gratitude. 
'It's Thanksgiving - Be Grateful' looks at how yoga can help cultivate gratitude. Please see

On the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/ last year we looked at how being grateful can improve our wellbeing http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/glow-with-gratitude.html

When we practice being grateful for what we have, we come to realise that we have abundance. Feelings of wanting more which create stress, disappear and we find happiness. Happiness comes not from what you have but from being satisfied with what you have. 

We have a great deal to be grateful for. Life itself is precious so this is a good starting point for your meditation. The breath gives us life and connects us all.  This leads on to being grateful for our bodies and all they do for us.  

Then we may reflect on how grateful we are for the people in our lives, people who love us, people who help us in our daily lives. We may be grateful for our homes, our food, warmth or little things like the sun peeking through the clouds as you are out walking.  

In our gratitude practice we will be opening up our bodies especially the heart area and also the hips in order to release negativity, a block to gratitude. By releasing tension in the body, we also release tension in our minds.  This in turn will help us open up to the good in our lives, promote positive feelings and help create inner peace. Please see my yoga video on YouTube, 'Mindfulness-Mindful of gratitude'-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IghCk_DBvP8

You might also want to practice the following meditation on my YouTube Channel-'Meditation to cultivate gratitude'-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuO6m5PQgrI

Janet x

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