Do you ever stop and think about why you do what you do everyday?
Australian psychologist turned Hindu Monk, Swamini Supriyananda, provides insightful answers to your contemporary questions and challenges. Her captivating anecdotes, infused with the philosophies of the ancient Hindu teachings, are guaranteed to inspire us to think about it!
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 20
Gratitude knows no limits, be it duration, location or anything else! We often go through life perceiving our small moments as fleeting and separate from one another. But in reality, we are not a collection of separate moments; we are bound by time, to be connected. Time has the most valuable role as it allows us to create memories, to learn from experiences, and to try again. Its importance is more than worthy of our gratitude and deservingly calls for our thankfulness.
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 19
Like how a flower needs rain and how the ocean needs a shore to break, people need people. We all need each other, not only for us to be able to connect, relate and share, but also for our desire to be recognised and appreciated. Relationships are a key part of this! We have many relationships in our lives, some of which we may easily and unknowingly take for granted. As such, today we will be attentive and try to notice something different about them so we can sincerely be grateful for them.
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 18
Gratitude is the result of appreciation and free will. Our gratefulness comes first from our appreciation upon recognising that something is valuable to us. It then stems from the fact that all of this is freely given to us. We can choose to be grateful or we can choose to take our blessings for granted. When we want to start doing things differently, such as opting for the former option, we need our mind to be alert so that we can make these choices. Today we will focus on our choice to be grateful.
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 17
Like we are grateful for the glass being half-full, we can be grateful for the glass itself. The more we feel thankful, the more we can start to express it in our lives. As we practice it more, this gratitude that we feel inside will shine brightly outside. But sometimes, we don’t realise that we appreciate something until we lose it. Today, we strengthen our minds by giving up something for the day and consequently, being grateful for it when we use it next.
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 16
In prayers, gratitude is shown in the various rituals through different ways. Since the Lord gives us everything, we try to offer the best we have to Him. We praise the Lord, sing meaningful phrases in the Aarti, or provide offerings as an expression of our gratitude. Often when we pray, we ask for something. Today, let us pray to really feel our gratitude for gratitude is, in fact, our best prayer. Follow this session to write your gratitude prayer so you may pray genuinely in gratitude.
Chinmaya Gratitude Challenge: Day 15
Expand your gratitude with today’s session, for gratitude has no limit. There is nothing to stop us from being grateful and it is indeed easy to practice! What is needed is simply the opening up of your mind to find things to be thankful for. Beyond being grateful for the good that happens to us, today we realise how we can also be grateful for things and people that have enriched the lives of our loved ones.