In this episode, I share a simple meditation technique using two words: thank you. See and experience the magic of grateful; it is not a process, as with awakening, but an isness.
The holidays are a time of good cheer, often mentioned in association with what is called Christ consciousness. That is another word for the heart chakra, and for the spirit of giving (but also receiving) love.
This is a simple meditation that I turned into a mantra after listening to Mooji. He was saying (paraphrasing) that many have come to him looking for a simply technique, and this “prayer” can be highly useful.
I used this one night when mind was restless, and the power of gratefulness cannot be measured!
To do: simply say, “thank-you,” while you are lying there in bed. You can use your mind to say thank you for all the things for which you are grateful. I sometimes do this to thank all those who have and are continuing to help me (and many others) on their journey: thank-you Mooji, thank-you Eckart Tolle, thank-you Sadhguru, thank-you Osho…and so many others still!
I also use these simple words to say thank you for all the CRAP that is in my life! It may seem odd, but from my experience, when I was really in the SHIT HOLE, I was not saying thank you for anything. It was suffering that incited me to do something about it, and now such small “blips” that happen are merely part of the ebb and flow of life. As master Tolle has said, it is part of the duality of life, the yin and the yang, but when you align yourself with the powers that be, then the ups and downs are not so extreme as before, when you were living in unconscious suffering and using the manic ways of distraction to make you happy.
Often, such small things happen, like we spill milk or a bottle breaks, and we “freak out” over…nothing. In the bigger existential picture, it’s such a tiny thing, so why are we so prone to reacting with irritation, frustration and impatience?
When I did this thank you meditation/mantra, I said thank you for all the “bad” things that had had happened during the week. Then, the next day at work, I was tested (Osho called it “the fire test”, or when the Universe tests your ego vis-à-vis having an egoic reaction). Something bad happened, and the words were there in my mind: thank you. Something good happened, and again the words came: thank you. Then something bad, then something good. And each time, whether good or bad, the words were there: thank you.
It is as it is, and it is fine whatever comes. What matters is bringing awareness to the present moment, and remembering the spacious being that is “i.”
Awakening is a process, yet the magic of gratefulness is not a process. It is an isness.
Give it a go!
Whether it is the holidays or any day of the year, it is always here and now.
And life is a gift that has been bestowed on each of us through the gratefulness that is existence.