I heard once that expressing gratitude everyday would change my life (thank you Oprah) but to be honest, I was underwhelmed by the results of my gratitude journal. At that point in my life I was impatient and looking for instant gratification in pretty much everything I did. Thankfully (pardon the pun), I stuck with my gratitude practice and now I credit it for most of the happiness in my life.
During my time in Asia, I experienced many “firsts” including intense feelings of overwhelming gratitude – the kind of emotion that makes you tear up. I experienced this nearly everyday on my trip and when I came back to Canada, I vowed to do whatever I could to have that feeling as much as possible.
So, how am I doing? Not bad. Definitely room for improvement though so I starting thinking about what makes intense gratitude possible for me. Number one, it takes conscious awareness of the present moment. I’ve learned that moments to be grateful for are happening all the time, the work is really in noticing them. So that brought me back to the power of meditation. All the skills I need to experience appreciation for the present moment can be cultivated through meditation. And there’s another area I could stand to improve… my meditation practice.
So here goes. I’m making a commitment to meditate every day for 30 days, starting today, Saturday, June 1, 2013. That could be 5 minutes or 50 minutes, silently or with music, in my living room or on the bus. I’m doing this because I know that only I am responsible for creating the best possible life for myself. If you have accepted that too then join me, and we will feel grateful and proud together.