Open to the sense of gratitude and gladness. Explore what these experiences are like and how it has the power to lift up your mood and your spirit.
In this short guided meditation on gratitude and gladness, Sean Fargo invites us to sense what these experiences feel like on a deeper level. While we might not always be consciously aware of the boost that appreciation and contentment provide us with, these inner experiences send out positive ripples throughout our being – energetic currents that can be cultivated as we honor them with our attention.
Whether through this meditation or in our own quiet time, cultivating gratitude has a profound effect on our overall experience of life. As we harness a sense of appreciation for things both big and small, our mood improves, our experience of stress lessens, and we find ourselves able to flow with and trust the universe with greater ease.
The quality of our sleep improves, which in turn, fuels the energy and vitality we experience in our waking lives.
Gladness arises when we feel pleased, delighted, or joyous. While this sense of joy comes more effortlessly at some times in our lives than others, we can practice harnessing gladness in times when we are feeling neutral.
By mindfully drawing our awareness to moments in life when gladness coursed through us effortlessly, we can gain a sense of what it was like to experience this on a very tangible level. By cultivating this memory, the body experiences it.
The more we practice this, the more effortlessly it comes to us as the waves of life pass by. If you are interested in this work, consider exploring some of the other mindfulness exercises on happiness and contentment.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]