Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Please Meditate: Make a Gratitude List

Why does the human mind have a tendency to drift toward the negative? Why is it effortless to complain mentally, while it requires some concentration and effort to direct the mind toward gratitude? It may be a leftover survival habit acquired after enduring, for generations, the recent history of our species, which seems to be riddled with war, religious persecution and crisis. But which came first, negative mental states or the conflict-ridden state of humanity? I'm not sure, and I've not yet figured out the chicken and the egg dilemma, either.

Certainly, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday seems to have been initiated in a moment of peaceful and tolerant co-existence between humans. Could gratitude be a way to inner peace, and perhaps worldly peace? Indeed, there seems to be evidence for that possibility. And because gratitude leads to inner peace, it can also be qualified as a type of meditation. (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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