20140828-070203.jpgDay 13 – Living Gratitude

Today’s quote is from Meister Eckhart. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Today’s centering thought is I am thankful for all I have.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shreem Namah, which means “I honor the abundance of life.”

From today’s message:
There is a deeper kind of gratitude that goes beyond our conceptions and beliefs of good and bad. This expanded sense of gratitude rejoices in life exactly as it is, right now… life is perfect in spite of its imperfections. We find ourselves grateful to simply breathe and greet the sunrise. We feel privileged to engage in the full range of human experiences: busy traffic, strong coffee, and missing a loved one. Our heart is big enough to embrace and appreciate life as a whole, just as it is, without worrying about whether it is “good” or “bad”.”

The thirteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about living with gratitude.

Oprah shared, “I believe the single most important thing I’ve ever done was to begin paying attention to what I’m grateful for. No matter what is going on in life, if you focus on what you have, you’ll always, always, end up having more. Open up to the grace of all that’s been given you simply because you’re here and you’re breathing, and the energy of your every day begins to transform in astonishing ways.”

This meditation day must be my most favorite yet. I resonated with everything Oprah and Deepak spoke about and the meditation itself.

Starting a gratitude journal was one of the most important and life changing things I have ever done. I am in the last two months of my 365 days of journaling, and you can bet, it will not end after day 365.

My journal, here and outside of my blog, gave me a different perspective about my existence, and gave me a true meaning of appreciation and thankfulness for just being alive and for being able to experience life in many different ways, as well as to experience and appreciate the beauty that God has given to us that surround us each day… from the beautiful ever-changing masterpieces in the sky, the butterfly that comes to greet us, or even majestic trees that surround us as we hike.

Life is short, and although I believe in reincarnation, I am Mercedita, with my quirks and perfect imperfections, only in this lifetime. My family and friends are only who they are today in this life too, and I want to behold and experience them as they are.

I have so much to be thankful for. I sometimes feel that I will burst with them, but the two things I am most
grateful for are for my life and for my relationship with God, Spirit, the Higher Power (how you call it). I feel blessed each time I breathe and pray.

Deepak said that the higher state of gratitude is called “Bhakti.” You “can’t help yourself, you are so happy to be alive, whatever the reason, that your gratitude spills over spontaneously. Taking that perspective of gratitude allows you to see more and more things to be grateful for. You nurture the feeling which causes it to expand. With a little attention, every day contains moments of love, beauty, appreciation, kindness, altruism, honesty, and truth. You become aware of the many blessings often overlooked, but which deserve to be noticed and grateful for.

If you offer gratitude from the deepest part of your awareness, you’re shining a light into the darkness, allowing consciousness to unfold in you and in the situation you find yourself in. The more light you give, the more you receive.”

Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness
Day 12 – Living Laughter