Give a Gift of Gratitude

Giving thanks, gratitude for what you have, for where you are, for the loved ones around you, all the small things like your morning ritual of having a cup of tea! I was reading the Life magazine today after meditation class and Jamie Heaslip the retired Irish rugby player brought home the practice of gratitude.  ‘I am very grateful for where we are right now.  You do have to give thanks and, for me, gratitude is a big thing.  Every evening I write a little note of gratitude in a journal.  I give thanks and I let it out into the ether and just let it be.  I deal with life as it comes, but right now I feel a very lucky man.’

We had a glorious calming meditation class this morning where we went through two stages of Loving Kindness practice.  The Loving Kindness practice originated in the Buddhist tradition, where it is called ‘Metta Bhavana’.  The practice helps us to develop feelings of kindness, compassion, friendliness, love and acceptance, of ourselves and towards others.

One piece of homework from today was to keep a gratitude journal – at the end of each day, write down three things you’re grateful for.  It’s best to be specific and details about particular occurrence during the day. Seeing a beautiful sunrise, getting a seat on the bus, having a coffee with your best friend..see what Oprah has to say.

Here’s one of the science based reasons to practice loving-kindness, you’ll see the impact within 7 weeks!

Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions; In a landmark study, Barbara Frederickson and her colleagues ( Fredrickson, Cohn, Coffey, Pek, & Finkel, 2008) found that practicing 7 weeks of loving-kindness meditation increased love, joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, and awe. These positive emotions then produced increases in a wide range of personal resources (e.g., increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms), which, in turn, predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.

You may have tried meditation once or twice. And many of you will have found it hard and concluded that “meditation is not for me.” There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations and so many more. You just have to find the one for you! An easy one to start with is one that evokes a very natural state in you: kindness.

Join us for the next meditation class keep an eye on the schedule online or facebook

In the meantime wish yourself well

May I be well. May I be happy. May I live with ease.

 

Author: Eileen Sheehan

Everything I write about is geared towards things that I deeply care about. My greatest strengths are in topics about health, wellness and things that relate to business management. I’ve been fortunate enough to take my passion for holistic wellness (yoga, reiki, meditation) and follow my dream to bring balance into my daily life. I've been a finance and risk manager of the national tourism body, headed up the operations team of a golf management company, board trustee of an international NGO. I learnt a lot about business management and mentoring teams through change. As a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner and Project Manager, I’ve been fortunate to make a living doing something I love providing business supports and consulting. I got into holistic health and wellness because I wanted to help people. It is my hope that my blog will encourage people to reflect on what's important to them, step out of the comfort zone and create something great. At the end of the day, the goal of improved health and wellness is to be able to create a quality of life that makes life enjoyable. Business is the same way. As business owners, we want to create something great while being able to provide ourselves a good living while enjoying what we love. Feel free to reach out to me on advice about health and wellness and business. It is my desire to help everyone find their passion (dharma).

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