By Siri Kirin/Kathe Forrest
Gratitude is a dynamic factor to my happiness. My affirmation each day as I complete my sadhana is to thank God/Goddess for my life, my health, and my children’s well-being—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I thank the Infinite Being for all that I have and all that I will have in abundance and prosperity. I give thanks for all that is and all that will be.
Today in yoga class the teacher quoted Ekhart Tolle,”Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
I strive to remember throughout the day in each moment to appreciate the many blessings that appear. In this way I nurture the garden of my life. It can be something as small and insignificant as no hassles with traffic to being thankful for not catching that cold at work.
In addition, thanking someone goes a long way in both happiness for self and happiness for others, according to a survey of 2000 Americans.
“The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and is the biggest truth, the highest truth. You cannot live with applied consciousness until you understand that you have to be grateful for what you have. If you are grateful for what you have, then Mother Nature will give you more.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 8/30/91
My interpretation of the preceding quote from Yogi Bhajan is that you strive for mindfulness in every action and that will in turn lead you into an awareness of compassion and understanding of being happy with what you have in life. That is the master key leading to the end result, the “more.”
Meditation for Developing an Attitude of Gratitude
From A Woman’s Book on Meditation by Hari Kaur Khalsa
Posture: Sit in a comfortable posture, with a straight spine and neck.
Mudra: Cup your hands together as if you are gathering water from a stream and in this position, place them approximately 6 inches in front of your heart centre. Relax your arms at your side and feel every other part of your body relaxing and releasing.
Eyes and Mental Focus: In this posture, simply sit with your eyes closed and visualize all the blessings of your life falling into your cupped hands.
Breath: Breathe deeply and feel yourself merging with the light of all of those blessings.
Time: Continue for 3, 11 or 31 minutes (or however long it feels comfortable to do so).
P.S. The more you do any meditation, the deeper it becomes in the psyche. Hint, Hint—40 days!
Yours in gratitude,
Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin began studying Hatha yoga and meditation in her mid-twenties and became certified in Hatha yoga after a 10-year intensive study. She has been certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher since 2007 and acknowledges that for her this one takes the cake. Her teaching and understanding of yoga, meditation and pranayama is influenced by the philosophy of many yogis and teachers including: Kahil Gibran, Sivananda and Yogi Bhajan. Studies in nutrition and alternative therapies have contributed to her scope of understanding the mind/body connection. Kathe can be reached through email and her website to provide classes and workshops. She is author of Keep the Change, Simple Practices for Lasting Transformation