A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

 

With gratitude I remember the many blessings in my life: the people, animals, plants, and insects — creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth;

 

With gratitude I remember the Earth that holds and sustains all life;

 

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of the generations of elders and ancestors who came before me;

 

With gratitude I remember the teachings and lessons I have been given and that I have experienced in my life;

 

With gratitude I hold in my heart my family and friends, my local and global community;

 

With gratitude I accept my measure of health and well-being and the strength I experience of mind and body;

 

With gratitude I accept the gifts I have to give — my presence, my knowledge and wisdom, my talents and resources;

 

With gratitude I am thankful for the life I have been given.

 

*Adapted from Jack Kornfield’s Meditation on Gratitude and Joy in The Awakened Heart, pps. 399-400. Bantam Dell, May 2008.

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