Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn: Meditation on Wild Gratitude

Meditation © 2014 by Joyce Mason 

"Gratitude is heaven itself. " ~ William Blake

 As regular readers of the Radical Virgo know, I do ceremonies with a group of women called the Solsisters each Solstice and Equinox. Along with my partner in facilitating these events, we draw from a variety of sources from multiple traditions. In doing my research for this Autumn Equinox, I stumbled upon Wild Gratitude, the website of Shamanic Practitioner Stacey Couch. What a wonderful site—and concept. The idea of “wild gratitude” inspired me to create the following meditation for autumn. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


This meditation is in three parts. To give you the most quiet during your contemplation, I’ll explain in advance the idea and steps—then give you minimal cues to use during your meditation itself.
   We’re going to look at three kinds of gratitude. First, what are you wildly grateful for? These are often the things you hold most near and dear, like family and health—or avoiding a disaster.

   Next, we’re going to think about the everyday things we take for granted, those things that are so easy to forget to say thanks for—the sunrise and sunset, someone’s smile that makes our day.
   Lastly, we’re going to open to one of my favorite Native American practices: giving thanks, also, for blessings yet to come. 

   Get comfortable and take three deep, cleansing breaths. Drink in the feeling of autumn and all its gifts of harvest and plenty.   

1.    What are you wildly grateful for …

What everyday, smaller things are you grateful for?
    3.    How will you open to blessings yet to come?

I also shared three affirmations I heard that fit both the theme of wild gratitude and abundance, hallmarks of fall:

  • I am safe
  • I am loved.
  • I am a magnet for miracles.
Do this meditation as often as it feels right during autumn--or anytime. 

A blessed Autumn from The Radical Virgo …


Photo Credit:  © Шпорт Олександр

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