“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
—Brother David Steindl-Rast, Austrian-American author and Benedictine monk
One way to bring out feelings of devotion and gratitude is through a meditation, specifically this style formerly known as the “mentor tree,” which involves some visualization. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and follow this guided meditation with John Campbell, Ph.D., an Ashtanga yoga teacher and professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. Take the time to reflect on and pay homage to your lineage, which may represent the height of goodness—from your family to your teachers to historical figures who have inspired you. Enjoy the flood of feel-good emotions that come with these warm thoughts.
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