Monday, July 16, 2018

Gratitude: July 13 2018

Charles West Mindfulness Group
2nd and 4th Friday of the Month
Club/Recreation Room, Floor 31
1:00pm sharp - 3:00pm
Facilitator: Alainnah Robertson

Friday July 13

We had another peaceful session of our Mindfulness Group this week. It provides a tranquil oasis in an otherwise busy week. I practice meditation on my own, but I find that there is something different in doing it with other people. It has become a source of great pleasure. I love hearing what everyone has to say. Being a group of mature people, with lots of life experience, everyone contributes from their wisdom, adding to what the experts have to teach. Fascinating!

We practiced meditation for twenty minutes. Loretta had gifted us bells from Tibet, used by Buddhists for meditation. We used them to signal the end of our session. Everyone enjoyed having them. The lovely sound broke the spell. Perhaps we will use them also to begin our session. 

This week we examined the positive emotion:


Research has backed up what we all know instinctively: feeling and expressing the emotion gratitude
is good for us. The benefits are many, as follows:
  1. Better health 
  2. Improves psychological health 
  3. Enhances empathy and reduces the desire for revenge 
  4. Improves sleep 
  5. Improves self-esteem 
  6. Increases mental strength and resilience 
  7. Helps us make more friends

What are you grateful for:
  1. Are you grateful for life itself?     Do you make a study of life and yourself?
  2. Are you grateful for this beautiful world?     Do you stop and smell the roses?
  3. Are you grateful for your body?     Do you look after your body: sleep; exercise; hygiene; food; mental health, etc.?
  4. Are you grateful for your family?     Do you work at your relationships with your relatives?
  5. Are you grateful for your friends?     Do you realise that your friends need you?
  6. Are you grateful for your society and country?     Do you understand the ideals on which our country is based?
  7. Are you grateful for the small things in life?     Do you make a list, keeping a Gratitude Journal?
As always, our group of mature people, with long life experience, have observations of great value to share. It's is comforting to know that we are not alone on the hero's journey of trying to be our best self.

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