“The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and is the biggest truth, the highest truth. You cannot live with applied consciousness until you understand that you have to be grateful for what you have. If you are grateful for what you have, then Mother Nature will give you more.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 8/30/91
It is important to strive for mindfulness in all that we experience, even the seemingly ordinary or mundane moments. Doing so inevitably leads us to experience more happiness and appreciation, and the more we experience these states, the more we attract situations that create these positive reactions in us. To quote Yogi B again, “If you are happy, happiness will come to you because happiness wants to go where happiness is.”
A great practice is to make a list each day of all the things you have in your life that you are grateful for, and to meditate on the list and express your thanks. The more you practise, the more things you will find to be grateful for. In expressing more and more gratitude, we tend to experience more and more blessings and happiness. After a lot of practice, you will be on the way to experiencing gratitude at every single moment of your life, and prosperity becomes an endless fountain.
Ekhart Tolle, author of In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, states that, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Aim to be aware of something you can be grateful for as many times in the day as possible, from not being stuck in traffic, to really enjoying a piece of food, to getting into a comfortable bed at night. A “gratitude stone” acts as a reminder to be grateful for something, anything, in your life. This might be a stone you find in your garden or on the beach and kept in your purse or pocket, or somewhere you will see it everyday, reminding you to stop and think and appreciate.
Below is a meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan on 26 June 1998, which when practised regularly, assists in developing an attitude of gratitude, opening the door to many blessings from the universe.
Sit in Easy Pose (cross-legged on the floor, or otherwise on a chair with feet flat on the floor). Straighten your spine, and close your eyes.
Bend the elbows down by the sides and cross the forearms over the diaphragm area, parallel to the ground, right on top, left underneath. Grab the right elbow with the left hand and the left elbow with the right hand. Comfortably lock your hands so that you have the elbows in your hands.
Breathe long and deep for a minute or two before beginning to chant.
Har Har Har Har Gobinday
Har Har Har Har Mukanday
Har Har Har Har Udaoray
Har Har Har Har Apaaray
Har Har Har Har Hareeang
Har Har Har Har Kareeang
Har Har Har Har Nirnaamay
Har Har Har Har Akaamay
Versions of this mantra being sung can be found on YouTube, such as Singh Kaur’s.
Chant the mantra out loud from the navel, for 1 minute.
Then whisper powerfully, keeping the navel engaged and using the pranic power. Continue for 3 1/2 minutes.
Then chant silently. Move the breath with the navel. Keep the navel moving as if you were chanting, but you are silently chanting with the mantra. Continue for 8 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply, stretch your spine as much as you can, while squeezing the ribcage, the area where your elbows are locked, as well as every part of your body. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Cannon Fire exhale (exhale powerfully through a rounded mouth). Repeat twice more. Relax.
Another nice idea for the new year is to each day write on a small piece of paper something that has made you smile or laugh, any happy moment, something that you feel grateful for, and put it into a jar. On the last day of the year, open up your jar and all your little papers. Reflect on all of your blessings and give thanks again for all times you felt fortunate this year, creating energetic space for even more abundance in 2015!
Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance, KRI, 2011