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A Gratitude Meditation for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving! Gratititude, shmatitude. To what extent do we really feel gratitude during the holidays? Do we feel it deep down in our bones? If not, then its time to get serious about cultivating this incredible emotion… and in order for this to happen, it’s going to take some ACTION! 🙂

As the holiday season arrives, schedules fill up and life gets pretty crazy. Things to do, people to see, cakes to cook and presents to wrap. While the list of “things we have to do” piles up it becomes easy to forget what the season is really about. We often get lost of the hustle and bustle of the season and forget that the best present we can give to the people around us is to actually be present in each moment.

In order to stay present/become present, it is more important than ever to stay on top of our own personal care in order to be the best people we can possibly be.

By doing a quick gratitude meditation in the morning we can ensure we will face the day like Zen angels.

Studies show that people feel the happiest when they are experiencing an internal sense of Gratitude.

Happy US=happy THEM.

 We are going to generate this sense of gratitude for the blessings in our life by creating a gratitude list. By having the gratitude list ready made at your bedside, alter, or breakfast nook, it will serve as a morning reminder, every day, to take the time to be quiet and to reflect on the day ahead while getting filled up with yummy gratitude!


Think of 5-10 people, things, life-situations that you are grateful for. We are taking a look at the people and things in our lives that we experience every day and we are going to reflect on how special they are (even if they drive us crazy sometimes…we are focusing on the positives!)

Write down the thing/person you are grateful for.

I am grateful for my amazing family.

Next,  think of a way to SHARE the gratitude with your loved ones through an ACTION. Then create a positive affirmation.

I am grateful for my amazing family…I will take show this to them today by taking care of them care of them with love and a gentle smile. I will do my best to be of service to them and to make them feel good about themselves.

By thinking about this in the morning and then going out into the day… when someone or some situation in your family pops up and you need to be there… you will view this as a pleasant surprise and deal with it with gratitude and love…


Get a piece of blank white paper and some markers, crayons, colored pencils, whatever you like! Write out your top 6-7 things and decorate the list, making it a fun beautiful thing that you can use for you morning meditations for the rest of the season.

When you get up in the morning, save your self at least 3-5 minuets to sit quietly and to reflect on these things before the day starts. Just try it and see if it makes a difference!


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Author: taozirae

Theresa, known as Taozi 桃子(Peach)to her Chinese students, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has studied many types of yoga with world renowned teachers from all over the planet. China, the United States, Australia, and India. With over 1000 hours of YTT experience she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the sweetness of her eclectic practice with others. Her life philosophy is that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow “…wherever we decide to put our energy, our thoughts, and our actions are the areas of our lives that will grow. Life is about learning to water the right seeds!

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