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A Morning Meditation to Curate Gratitude and Set Intentions (with music)

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
Practice curating gratitude each morning as mindfulness of what you are thankful of, and of what you appreciate. Notice how gratitude allows you to immediately feel positive affect and inner contentment - and to return to the present moment. This is a wonderful way to begin each day - and to curate throughout your day as you are attentive to what you are grateful of. MUSIC: Adam Nickey, 'perfect destiny'
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Marianna
Gratitude
This was perfect for my morning; exactly what requires my attention and helps me set my focus
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Dom
Ok so I did this at night (4am bc I’m a night owl but hey maybe technically morning?) It’s great!
I should do this in the morning haha. But still a great podcast (?).
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Megan
I spaced out a few times and wasn’t able to concentrate.
Be grateful, and reflect on yesterday’s grateful Moments and it will lift into happiness
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Joyce
Gratitude and Mindfulness
There is so much to be grateful for, I have but to use my senses to appreciate it. Namaste
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Gail
Awareness
I noticed the young spring animals and beautiful bird songs that greet me each morning and pay attention to the subtle nuances in nature that make me smile and appreciate the simple beauty that surrounds me.
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Mari :)
Cada paso del camino
Cada paso del camino cuenta, no es necesario llegar anun destino X para ser feliz, me estaría perdiendo del camino, que es maravilloso, no debo llegar a ningún lugar, la felicidad, amor y belleza están aquí ahora.
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Alicia
Enjoying the breath
I learned that following the cadence of my breath can be relaxing for me. And it made me notice when I became too tight in my breathing as well. I hope to use this t cynosure later today during my writing sessions.
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Tina
grateful
i love everything around me. i appreciate everything people do for me or give to me. being grateful is the key to happiness.
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Beth
Gratitude and love
I am grateful for my life my breathe and my home and this gift of time to see and be thankful for it all.
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micole
Self awareness
I felt happy thinking of things I love and appreciate. I feel ready to start my day with positive thoughts in mind.
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Louis
Learning Gratitude
I like the idea of moments of bliss that find me. This happens when I seek to focus on gratitude.
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Joyce
Gratitude and the sacred truth
I am grateful for the joy of my children. I agree I need to be grateful for all that is around me rather than continually wanting and planning for more. A good intention for the day. Namaste
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Mia
Gratitude and appreciation
I’m grateful for my house, my partner, our pets. I appreciate myself.
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Julia
Amazed
I noticed that rushing ours life is so wrong , we want to look /feel young and beautiful, but key to this feelings it’s not saying how everything sucks , we need to learn how to appreciate every single time with our children/parents /friends , that is so important, I’m so happy that I found how meditation and gratitude is beneficial even if I am only 19 !!!
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Margaret
Feelings do not always represent reality
I learned that feelings are only that: feelings. They do not necessarily represent the truth. Just because we felt lonely or unloved at times in our lives does not mean we were alone at that time or that many people did not love us. Picturing those I know care about me in my mind filled my heart with love and gratitude. Such gifts!!! So nice that our pets were included in list of those that love us.
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Megan
Reflections
I learned how I should start my day. I also learned that I need to be more mindful of what I am grateful of and really understand the thinks I love vs the things I like.
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Joyce
Finding the stillness
Preparing for a busy day filled with people to relate to and things to do, trying to get to the peaceful center to anchor my intentions. Namaste
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Debb
Gratitude
I, personally, didn’t find this meditation to be something I could focus on. For me, and mind you this is my humble personal experience, it felt more like a lecture about what gratitude could do for you rather than a meditation of gratitude.
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Natalie
Gratitude
I did not like this one it felt like it was going in forever and I could not focus
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Bella
Gratitude
Couldn’t focus on this one, there didn’t really seem to be any point to it and there wasn’t much of an exercise.
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Klarissa
always find something to be grateful for
I learned that you should always try to find something to be grateful for—even if it’s something small or seemingly insignificant. If it makes your heart happy, then be grateful for it. Maybe it would be best to write down what you feel grateful for every day? This practice could positively impact your whole day!
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lexi
grateful
this mediation really opened my eyes and it was so enjoyable
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Susan
Mindfullness brings gratitude
Be present, be mindful, be aware, be observant, be grateful, BE.... We are so busy we miss the present that life gives us. Be still in the present and you will find the Present (Gift).
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Matthew
Gratitude always
I'm forever grateful for my life. You don't realize how you take the day-to-day living (yes, even the stresses!) for granted until everything gets turned upside-down on you! I appreciate even mornings like this, where everyone in the house was busy and out/up late last night, making everyone late for all the various morning things today. Best I can say? I AM PRESENT!
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Vivi
Live my life
I learn that gratitud make me appreciate my life. My family, my boyfriend, my friends they are my happiness My house is my home And my life is what i make and i fell great with it
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Andrea
Morning
Personally, I notice how my perspective in life changes when I'm grateful.
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Rhiannon
Day 2 - 7th of November 2018
I felt really sleepy after this sessions so I would recommend not doing it in the morning
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Kelli
Relaxing AF when stress hits
Relaxing when trying to stabilize my unstable mind and just......overall relaxing. 6:23am 11-15-2018
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Deb
Good One!
I like most of her meditations because they're focused on love and gratitude for myself and life in general. This meditation set me off on a good path of appreciation and gratitude for my day that is just beginning today. It made me think about how grateful I am for my new potential client and my new potential abundance. Namste, have a blessed day.
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Brittani
Slowly learning
Learning gratitude does create bliss. We spend most of our time unable to be thankful for what we have and needing more. I will try to continue to practice gratefulness.
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Pritam
Void
I felt isolated from all the stress that was in my mind and experienced a state of void where I could feel nothing but my deep breath.. Felt good
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Melodie
Morning meditation
Great way to start the day! I did this meditation while eating my breakfast and practiced grattitude by appreciating the food I was eating in my beautiful appartment . Thank you. 🙏🏻☺️
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Ashley
Morning mediation
I learned that taking a few extra minutes in the morning to have a mindful minute is very beneficial and just what I need! Great way to start my day! Definitely need to start my day like this everyday. Everyone could benefit from doing this every morning, it starts the day out right. I’m grateful for so much in my life and today I’m grateful I woke up a little earlier to be able to do this to start my day off. I will be doing it from now one 🧘🏼‍♀️🥰
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Shannon
Reminded
Its always nice to be reminded to be grateful even for the small things in life.
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Matthew
Dread and worry for Christmas
Had this session two months ago; feeling the same amount of gratitude for the same people and situations in my life now. As always, for my beautiful wife of twenty years, laying here beside me this morning before getting prepared to go to work today, to keep our family somewhat afloat. She works SO HARD for us! And asks so little really! I’m satisfied in my new role as support guy to her, making certain that she has as little “extra” to do as possible, so she can work to support the family. However, I am in utter dread over the current state of the family finances. Also stepping up the amount and types of mental health care I’ll be receiving from here on out. Apparently, I’ve outgrown what my current therapy team is able to provide me, so I’ve been referred out to a different type of therapist and an actual psychiatrist...looks like I’ll end up medicated after all. Had my first session with the psychiatrist yesterday, and she’s already looking to medicate me! Not really what I wish to do, but she describes it more like taking supplements than psychotropic drugs, and I can get on board with that I suppose! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Kady
Day Sixteen
This meditation is very different from the ones we usually see on here. Different in a good way though!
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Katie-Claire
gratitude
i found myself leaning into this meditation, it felt grounding and like my spirit had been renewed. i feel myself becoming a much happier person daily through mediations.
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Conner
Distracting
I found the music on this meditation incredibly distracting. I couldn’t focus at all.
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Ryleigh
Graduate
I learned that you need to stop every once in a while and appreciate where you are and the things you’re grateful for.
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Juliana
Vibrate hughrr
Changing your mindset to focus on gratitude in your life humble you, and allow you to stay positive.
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Kathy
Thank You, Dorothy
I listened to Dorothy’s meditation this morning and I’m so pleased that I chose this meditation on gratitude. I needed to begin my day with this feeling, which has been elusive for several days. My daughter’s surgery has been moved up and is to be more extensive than we thought and my dad is in the hospital with 3 broken bones. I did not sleep much and this morning I needed to feel gratitude. I do now. There is always much to be grateful for. Thank you, Dorothy. 🙏🏻Namaste🙏🏻
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Matthew
Aligning myself with the good...
...not the bad! I'm striving each day to see the good present in my life, despite all the set-backs my massive stroke brought about! I AM NOT a victim! I AM a survivor!
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Joyce
Re-alignment
Good intention to use gratitude to align with what is good and true. Namaste
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Charlotte
I am so grateful that I am able to travel with my best friends and make beautiful memories.
when I am sad I will try to think of this I wish I had healthier relationships then what I do.
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Aubrey
Grateful
I am grateful that although sometimes I complain about joints and body parts like my knees hurt I still have the ability to walk and exercise.
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Vesna
Gratefulness
Sometimes we preoccupy ourselfs and stress about things that are simple or not so important. We forget the little things in life that really matter. We forget to be grateful for them. There are people out there that would be very happy to have the kind of life we do. We must never forget that.
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Jose
Grateful
I learned how happiness comes directly from gratitude. I feel happy.
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Joyce
Gratitude radiating
So much to appreciate, so much to be thankful for. It’s good to take a few minutes to get focusing a positive direction. Namaste
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Helena
Gratitude
Great start to my morning as I fill myself with positivity. Gratitude will always lead to a more positive mood.
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Yanira
Blessed
Yesterday I went to a very nice place called El Nevado de Toluca with some friends. I ran there. I felt free, blessed, so loved by God... thanks Aura for reminding me that I have so many things to be thankful for. Thanks God for my life.
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Jose
A morning meditation
This was a great meditation to kickstart my day and my morning routine.
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Paula
“Gratitude Aligns...
...Your attention with all that is good...” and all we desire. I Love this concept. Enough said. 💕
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Walter J
Looking...
This is one of the few meditations that I have done with my eyes open (as Dorothy suggests). I was amazed how I was able to find something to be grateful for in every thing I took the time to look at. I actually created gratitude just by looking at a plant & thinking about the oxygen it was creating for my home or the ceiling fan that can cool me when it is needed. Simple, everyday things can become a source of gratitude that then boost our vibrations to a higher state & help make the world a little brighter for ourselves & those around us. Thank you Dorothy for your simple yet powerful suggestions! ❤️☮️🍀
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Cherish
Blessed
Gratitude is a pathway to happiness. Finding out what we are grateful for is practicing mindfulness. If we practice mindfulness, we can focus on the positive that is our lives. With my eyes open, I began to look around my surroundings. I noticed a new flower on a gladiolus that had just bloomed this morning. The plant needed just the right amount of sunlight, just the right amount of temperature and just the right amount of moisture to produce a flower off of its stalk. The flower is so perfect, the petals gleaming with red and inviting bees to pollinate. I am very grateful for seeing such beauty in my surroundings. Further into the meditation, Dorothy asked me what is it that I appreciate. I gazed over at my mom, as she was playing her word game not knowing that I was looking at her. I could see that she was concentrating trying to figure out what the next word was. My heart begin to beam with love and immense appreciation for her. She has done so much for me these past few years of my life. I don’t know how to ever repay her, other than to show my gratitude and appreciation every single day for having such a wonderful and beautiful mother, such as she, in my life. I love her with all of my heart! Thank you Dorothy for such a powerful meditation and for opening my eyes to see how truly blessed I am! I recommend everyone to listen to this! Namaste! 🙏🏻❤️😊
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Vanessa
Gratitude
Every morning I look forward to thinking of one thing I’m most grateful for. This has become a routine for me but this meditation reminded me of its importance. This morning I was grateful for my sleep in and waking up with my little girl by my side. Nothing can compare to these moments. No matter how bad or negative things may feel around me, there is always something to appreciate.
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Pappy
Gratitude,....
I learned that taking a moment in the morning to. Think about the things you are grateful for helps your mind focus on the good things in life,..... Too many mornings, I have myself sitting on the back deck, sipping my coffee, waiting for my family to wake up. And during these morning moments, I would start thinking about all the things my family and I had to accomplish. Unfortunately, my mind would begin focusing on all the things we hadn’t finished, and I would start getting worked up. And by the time my wife and kids would get up and join me, I would be the biggest raging asshole,...... But today, for the first time, I took the time to think about all the things I’m thankful for, and it has left me feeling quite content,.....
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Claire
I learned that I need to spend more time being grateful for the good aspects of my life than being stressed over the bad.
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Judith
Stress and Gratitude
Sometimes stress is just a reminder that gratitude in the moment is a perfect attitude adjustment. There is power in gratitude. It opens my heart.
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Brianna
Gratitude
My says “Don’t stay focused on what can go wrong. Actually look at what could go right.” While things may not be perfect or ideal, I am so thankful for so much in my life & no bad day or week should take that from me. So I say for anyone who reads this, find something you’re grateful for each day & watch how it transforms you.
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Justin
Mindfulness is a form of Self-care
Mindfulness, meditation, exercise....all of these things which my mind can distort into just another “thing” to do, are all just forms of self care and love. If I take care of and love myself I am infinitely a better father, husband, friend, son....human. It is easy to get off track. It is sometimes very difficult to get back on the train once it has derailed, but when you do...man the universe and god really reminds you of their power. Grateful to get back on the train today.
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Shar
Morning meditation
Thank you, Dorothy. This session brought me appreciation and gratitude at a beautiful level as I sit on my patio feeling the wind on my face, listening to a soft rain shower with the scent of jasmine from my trees wafting on the breeze. I am blessed in so many ways. A wonderful way to begin the day 🙏
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maryam
pretty good
I learned that theere are alot of things around me better than my crush😂
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Susan
A Morning Meditation
It was wonderful to begin today with this gratitude mediation. It was good to be reminded that if your mind is filled with gratitude, it cannot be anywhere else.
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Hayley-Rose
Simple gratitude
I was feeling disappointed in myself this morning and just doing this short meditation has lifted my mood & shifted my focus. Having my eyes open to look around at what I am grateful for made me realise how blessed I am for the simple things: a roof over my head, a warm dressing gown and mug of coffee to start my day, sharing my home and life with my companion furkids. What a wonderful way to start the day to acknowledge all that I have to be grateful for and it far outweighs anything that I felt to be disappointed about.
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Jenny
Gratitude
Such a simple practice, but powerful nonetheless. I am grateful first for waking up today, for my ability to breathe freely, with all my senses alive, with a mind that can think clearly. I am grateful for the comforts of home, with food on the table and family to share it with. Gratitude has the power to wipe out sorrow, even anxiety, and to replace them with a sense of awe and contentment. 🙏🏻
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Brianna
Gratitude
I absolutely LOVE this track. It’s very uplifting & I feel like a lot of people should take the time out to be thankful for what they have. Too many times we focus on what we don’t have. Lets all take a moment to realize the good that’s in our lives. Even if it doesn’t fix all your problems it’s at least a start.
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Sharmain
Gratefulness = Happiness
I learned that in order to experience happiness, we should learn how to be grateful of each and every moment of our present lives, no matter how small we think it seems. The cold rushing of air, birds tweeting, people smiling, children laughing. All these things that are happening in our surroundings or are being experienced by us firsthand, are reasons to be grateful for and be happy about. Thank you for the wisdom. Namaste
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Julie
Simple Pleasures
With my eyes open I am taking in all of my surroundings sitting in my living room. My dog Bear is laying right next to me. The sun is shining through my window which I am grateful for on this chilly morning. I am enjoying a cup of coffee and the scent of eucalyptus is filling the air. All of these things are simple pleasures that make me smile. I am content in this moment. Nothing is missing. When we start our day with a feeling of gratitude, it helps to set the tone for our day. It gives us a feeling of being thankful for what life is offering to us at this moment. This meditation is a wonderful uplifting way to start the day. I really enjoyed the background music. Wishing all of you a day filled with gratitude!🙏💕
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Saylah
🤍🧘🏽‍♀️💤
today during my mindfulness meditation 🧘🏽‍♀️... i felt pretty relaxed. motivated to have a better day. i learned that naming the things in which we are grateful for that day is a great way to shift your energy into having that positive mind frame just to better your chances of the outcome of your day. with this lesson i did notice my body completely tried to release any tension and my whole energy from my emotions switched over from hyper-active, to calm and semi relaxed 😌 i enjoyed it very much 🙏🏽
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Julie
Gratitude
Starting the day with gratitude will help you appreciate all the little things that often go unnoticed. It will help set a positive tone for your day. This meditation has become one of my favorite go-to in the morning. I love the upbeat background music along with Dorothy’s guidance. As I sit on my couch in my living room this morning, I am grateful for... -Good health - Coffee - Listening to the beautiful sounds of the wind chimes blowing in the breeze outside - My dog Bear snuggled next to me -Feeling content in this moment May your day be filled with gratitude.🙏
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Natasha
I was lost in loss,
This was a soothing medication, it reminded me to gaze at the beautiful tree outside my window, and my gorgeous 14 yr old cat 🥰
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Yoli
Seeing small gifts reaps a big reward
I learned that we can find a visceral and uplifting gratitude in everyday things. Taking time to recognize what supports and comforts me in my everyday space (my furry blanket, the rich and serene blue of my walls, the scent of my candles) reminds me of my true life’s blessing: The power to use my breath to focus on what is good The power to change, in one moment, my outlook and my whole vibration. For this lifelong blessing I am eternally grateful.
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Lindsey
Positivity
How can you not have a smile on your face when you look around and think of all the things that make you happy and that you are great full for. Smiles are contagious so spread the positivity.
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Kelly
04/08/20
I need to start the day with gratitude and lower my expectations of others which gets in the way more than anything in my life. I am being critical of Steve
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Laura
Morning meditation
I found myself not being able to focus too much but when I did I found myself being grateful for my family. My parents, siblings, and my siblings’ partners. The meditation asked what we saw, I saw my plants. I am grateful for them. Grateful that they clean my oxygen everyday and night. I do love them and care for them very much. This part where I write settles me and makes me appreciative of the small and little things. Namaste.
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christi
Tuesday Morning Gratitude
I feel grateful for my no rush mornings, snuggling with Jethro and Abby under my covers in my bed.
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Haley
Gratitude
I have reflected on how much I’m thankful for and how much gratitude I have for them
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Gillian
Monday Morning Gratitude
This was the third meditation I completed this morning, and the one in which I finally felt I was able to take deep, purposeful breaths to begin my day today.
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Angelle
Gratitude 5/9
I felt gratitude for being able to take off of work to come to Galveston for a family vacation with all of my siblings. I love my husband and my daughter.
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~ liesel b ~
Tuesday, March 26, 2020
Gratitude is an extremely powerful force when used in the best intentions for yourself and with open-mindedness to the good aspects of your life.
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Christina
From dark to light
I was in a dark place last night and struggled to feel grateful for my relationship and life. This meditation was exactly what I needed to remind me. I’m so happy I took the time for myself this morning and recentered.
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Melanie
Eyes open
The instruction to have eyes open did not work for me. I felt very distracted and couldn’t follow. After a couple minutes, I closed my eyes and the rest of the session was a little better.
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Jazmin
Needs a change of music/background noise
Couldn’t go through with this one - the music was not calming at all.
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Cassie
Home of Gratitude
I am grateful to have a home where I am able to spend quality time with my mother and best friend while in the presence of my grandmother and sister’s spirit.
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Haley
Love and Gratitude
These two things are the most powerful things you will ever hear someone or even yourself say to others
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Andreas
It was bliss I can only hope the beautiful naked lady exiting the lagoon appears in my life
I’m thankful for my beautiful daughter headstrong like I and her children At least I achieved something
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Joyce
Align w good and beauty
A good intention for the day, to keep making continual adjustments throughout the day to seek out and gravitate toward the positive. Namaste
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Rachel
Gratitude
Gratitude puts in you space of gratefulness. You see the things that really make your life special. A good way to start the day reflecting on gratitude.
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Taylor
Loving life
So many bad things are happening this year, and it seems almost impossible to happy. This meditation made me realize there is so much to be grateful in life, all you have to do is be open to positivity. May everyone have a positive change in 2020! 😊
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Abigail
Gratitude
Made me appreciate what’s around me and for what I have. It forced me to think and focus on what I should be appreciating.
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Tamara
I felt nothing
Did not learn something new. I felt I needed more sleep, I wish not to go to work.
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Karissa
Grateful
I learned to be appreciative with everyone and everything around me and to just love life.
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Janet
Still trying to relax
I am a little bit anxious with many thoughts running through my head today. This isn’t enough but it isn’t hurting me either. I’m not giving up.
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Sue
Gratitude
I really got into appreciating the tree outside my window. A great way to wake up
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Rhonda
Gratitude
I do have so much to be grateful for I like this, though my mind wandered a lot abd I didn’t sit up I want to like doing this.....will do this again later.
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emily
gratefulness
i loved this meditation. made me feel very present. I have so much to be grateful for. wish I would recognize that more often
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Amy
Intention
What is in the present moment? Let your first moments in the morning be of gratitude and what is good
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