It's the final installment of my three-part Thanksgiving Meditation: Being Grateful, Expressing Appreciation, and this week, Living in Joy. I firmly believe that the energy we put into the universe returns to us, also known as the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person's life.
You can observe this in emotional transactions. When someone is angry and frustrated and speak to others in an attacking way, the majority of the time, the person they are attacking responds back in anger. Similarly, preschool teachers use calm and quiet tones to focus the class on their learning activity - calm invites calm.
For our purposes, we are attracting joy into our lives. Full transparency - this doesn't abolish anger, hurt, disappointment, and other negative emotions from our lives. Cultivating joy, however, gives us a greater resiliency in navigating the challenges of life.
MEDITATION 3: JOY
Merriam Webster dictionary defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” It is an internal state that comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are, and how you are.
Set a timer for 5 minutes (a fixed time allows you to focus without interrupting thoughts and ideas). Select one of the following visualization categories for your focus.
> What intentions fill you with joy?
> How do you want to show up each day?
> What resentment/negativity needs released?
> What boosts your self-esteem and fulfillment?
> How do you fill your life with positivity?
The more we visualize our life lived in joy, the more we allow joy to guide our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Have a joy-filled Thanksgiving!
Intentions that fill me with joy:
Hopefully, you are returning this week after practicing your daily 5 minutes meditation on Being Grateful. If you are new, jump right in; there is not a right or wrong way to practice reflection. This 3-part series is simply a prompted meditation designed to help you establish a practice of acknowledging the positive energy and influences in our lives. So here we go. Still your mind, know your heart, and celebrate the cycle of giving and receiving in which you have participated.
MEDITATION 2: APPRECIATION
The meaning of appreciation is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. In other words, appreciation relates to being, not doing. It is about celebrating who other people are and how they show up.
We all tend to critically assess ourselves and others. Similar to the physician's model, we focus on identifying the problem or the flaw and fail to mention the more lengthy list of good things.
Don't forget to update me on how you are enjoying this meditation series by commenting here or on social media.
My friendships appreciation list:
For many of us, November is a month of reflection, an opportunity to count our numerous blessings on more than just Thanksgiving day. For the next few weeks, I offer you a series of simple meditations and invite you to still your mind, know your heart, and celebrate the cycle of giving and receiving in which you have participated.
MEDITATION 1: GRATEFULNESS
The meaning of grateful is feeling or showing appreciation for something done or received.
I am confident that this gratitude meditation will fill you with energy, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment. Please take a moment to share your experience by commenting here or on social media.
My statement of gratitude to all of you