I just finished reading Jack Kornfield’s The Wise Heart. Jack is a psychologist with both western (PhD) and eastern (Buddhist psychology) training and credentials. I loved his “meditation on gratitude and joy” on p. 399 of his book so much that I’m writing it here. It’s a very powerful meditation and I do recommend it for tonight’s full moon blessing.
I’d like to use this as a daily meditation (either upon waking up or before going to sleep) because I’m touched by the simple beauty and amazing power of his words. I hope that as you read this too, you are touched by gratitude and joy, and that your heart feels lighter as you go about your day.
Meditation on Gratitude and Joy by Jack Kornfield:
With gratitude I remember the people, the animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky & sea, air & water, fire & earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life everyday.
With gratitude I remember the care & labor of a thousand generations of elders & ancestors who came here before me.
I offer my gratitude for the safety & well-being I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the family & friends I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the teachings & lessons I have been given.
I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.
What do you think about the above meditation?
Have you tried meditation? Would this be a meditation you would incorporate into your practice?
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I also found a 2-minute clip of Jack Kornfield on YouTube where he shares the 2 essential truths to the process of awakening and understanding your true nature. Check it out!
If you’d like to purchase this book, you can do so at Amazon.ca.
Like what you’ve read? Visit Jack Kornfield’s website for videos, audio, articles and meditations.
More info about Jack taken directly from his bio:
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world’s oldest Buddhist forest monasteries. He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma … Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father and activist.
Meditation can be as simple as sitting still
I’d like to leave you with one final thought on meditation that really resonates with me. It’s a quote from Alan Watts.
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