How To Cultivate Gratitude

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How to Cultivate Gratitude

Feeling Grateful Is a Skill! It’s true that some people have a naturally grateful disposition. But be assured that feeling grateful is a skill that we can cultivate with practice, and benefit from its rewards along the way. And research also suggests that thinking hard about our own lives makes us more grateful for what we have and sometimes tend … Read More

Gratitude Can Make You Happier

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Gratitude Can Make You Happier

Start 2016 With Life’s Simple Pleasures! As we begin 2016, amidst all the thoughts of New Year’s Resolutions, perhaps we can remind ourselves more often to enjoy life’s simple pleasures — such as laughter. “Laughter is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter is the flow of love coursing through your body. Laughter is the nectar of present moment awareness. Invite more … Read More

The Three Stages of Gratitude

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Three Stages Of Gratitude

Since we now know that practicing Gratitude can actually improve our health, let’s consider the three stages of gratitude and how we can experience each stage and benefit from its rewards. First – Feeling grateful for the good things in your life; Second – Expressing your gratitude to the people who have made your life better; and Third – Adopting … Read More

Gratitude Can Make You Healthier

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Gratitude Can Make You Healthier

Now that we know that gratitude is good for you, it gets added to the list of attitudes and positive emotions, including love and empathy that creates a biochemical shift in the body. Since gratitude is a mental activity, we’ve been able to see through research studies in positive psychology, how a non-physical activity can significantly alter the physical activity … Read More

The Practice of Gratitude

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The practice of gratitude goes way beyond the common courtesy of saying “thank you “ – it’s not just something you say for the other person’s benefit. In fact, developing an attitude of gratitude has immense power to affect your emotions and change the way you feel. We’re often instructed to be grateful for the things we have even if … Read More

Become a Presence of Peace

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Become a Presence of Peace

Can your simple presence bring peace to others and influence situations? You must first believe that it’s possible, be willing to act as a peaceful influence, by silent example when you can, and then speak up if necessary. Our potential to affect others is both a gift and a responsibility. When we walk into a room our energy is communicated … Read More

The Path of Meditation

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The Path of Meditation

Our Meditation Practice guides us inward to experience an awareness that is deeper than thought. In this place we find stillness in the restful awareness of meditation, and go past our fears and confusion to connect with our soul. Thoughts of separation can evaporate as we connect with the universal unity of consciousness. We can then become interconnected with our … Read More

Loving Kindness Meditation

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Francis of Assis - Loving Kindness Meditation

In his book Wherever You Go There You Are Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches us Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. He observes “You may have noticed that you are not always the center of love and kindness, even toward yourself.” He suggests that in our modern society one might speak of an epidemic of low self-esteem, that we can help ourselves repair … Read More

The Golden Moment – Mindfulness in Action

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Mindfulness In Action

Have you noticed in your meditation sessions that you are both distracted by and absorbed in thought? Well that’s the point – meditation and mindfulness practices are about teaching our minds to switch focus, because our minds are always processing and thinking. When we realize that we are not actually meditating on our breathing, we gently bring ourselves back to … Read More

What Meditation Teaches You

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What Meditation Teaches You

As you become more consistent with your meditation practice, you gain deeper insights into the truest version of yourself. This self-reflection can then become a discovery process that will guide you along your path towards self-contentment and well-being. Your meditation practice teaches you to become more aware of your thoughts as you learn how to release them and to restore … Read More