A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about those things we are grateful for.
As the name implies, gratitude meditation is a type of meditation that focuses on being grateful.
According to Jack Kornfield, “Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the monks and nuns even offer prayers of gratitude for the suffering they have been given”
Contrary to what people might believe meditation is, gratitude meditation can be practiced in many environments. According to Be Happy Yoga & Salt Cave, gratitude meditation is “a simple way to meditate” because, at its core, all you have to do is just “reflect on all the people and things you are grateful for.”
And being grateful does not only apply to the good things because that is quite easy. Basically, this practice will help you be grateful for everything in your life, because they make you who you are and, some way or the other, they have formed you.
What are the benefits?
Studies have shown that gratitude meditation can increase your gratitude feeling. Well, sounds more than obvious, right? But what this actually means is that this meditation gives you an improved sense of self and your surroundings.
Experts believe that this practice might be connected to lower levels of depression, higher levels of well-being, and increased sleep quality!