Thankfulness: Day 2

Below, please find the text from today’s email.

I hope that you will take this opportunity to share what your experience was like of this practice.

Hello.
Yesterday we laid the ground work.  Today we enter into practices of Thanksgiving.  Today’s practice is a very general one, proclaiming positivity and thankfulness.  It comes from Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.  He originally shared this practice as a walking meditation.  It is described here as a sitting one but engaging this while taking a stroll comes highly recommended.
Today’s practice is a stark contrast to yesterday’s: it is deceptively simple.  Just a few steps.
I would like to encourage you to decide, in advance, just how long you are going to engage your practice.  I am learning that when I sit until I am ready to get up, inevitably I end my practice before any real growth happens.  When I have committed to myself a length of time (perhaps between 10 and 30 minutes) I work my way through  my discomfort.  This, I think, is where the real growth happens.
Tomorrow’s email will feature the last of our breath prayers.  After that, we will continue to explore grattitude and thankfulness through different contemplative lenses.
Wishing you peace & joy,
Jeff

Spiritual Exercise:
1.  Breathe calmly, in through the nose and out from the mouth.
2.  After a few cleansing breaths– and when you are ready– with the next inhale, think, “Yes!  Yes!   Yes!”
3.  With the next exhale, think, “Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!”
4.  Continue this pattern through the time you alotted for your spiritual practice today: “Yes, yes, yes” with the inhale and “Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!”
5.  As your time near is it’s end, release the words and enjoy a time of wordless relaxation.  You might experience this as union with God; you might use it as a time of reflections on the things you might be thankful for.

Periodically, through out your day, you might re-enter this practice for a breath or two.

One thought on “Thankfulness: Day 2

  1. Jeff Post author

    This is one of my favorite practices…. sometimes. Today felt distracted for me. I tried all my standard tricks, like sinking into my breath when thoughts came by. I am reminding myself that the goal is never to be distraction free this morning. Somehow, it’s easier to remind others than it is to sit with that myself. I am going to try and find the time to try this again, later. Hoping that this practice was beneficial for you, today!

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