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Gratitude Prayer vs. Gratitude Meditation
Is There a Difference?

A gratitude prayer is sometimes associated with religious affiliations and so are meditation practices.  But could there be differences “below the religious” surface that differentiate these...

Two means of learning how to develop gratitude?

Or, could you use both of these methods to gain greater appreciation for what you have in your life?

Let's explore these possibilities...

Gratitude Training

When you start any type of gratitude training, you'll want to use a variety of methods, one of which is to learn how to seek inner guidance to teach yourself how to develop gratitude on a deeper level.

To find this inner guidance, the first thing to do is to get quiet and become aware of what's going on inside of you.  Practicing any form of meditation where you “empty” your mind can be a good start because it cuts down on the self talk “mind chatter” so you can become sensitive to your inner voice.

But what's the difference between any form of meditation where you're trying to quiet your mind and a gratitude meditation?

Let's look at that next?

Gratitude Meditation

One way to get yourself “into the zone” of meditation is to repeat a mantra such as “Om.”  Using this type of “induction method” focuses your mind on one simple thing so your mind can slow down and become quiet.

But, what if you replaced the “Om” with “Thank you?”  By doing this, you're not engaging your mind enough to try to “come up with” things to be grateful for, right?  You are simply using words of gratitude as your mantra.

If you can use this type of mantra well enough to get your mind down into the theta brainwave state (a medium level of meditation,) then inspiration could hit with new ways to learn how to develop gratitude such as creatively using gratitude quotes, gratitude rocks, or gratitude journals.

Why is this?  Because when your mind is in the theta mode, your brain is in a very creative state of mind as well as producing very beneficial chemicals that keep your body youthful.

If you're not familiar with the different brainwave states and how they are associated with different levels of meditation, click here to watch a video on “How to Meditate Like a Monk.”  After you're done, come back and we'll continue...

Gratitude Lessons

So, now you know the benefits of meditation, let's look at how meditation relates to doing a gratitude prayer.

First, what is a gratitude prayer?  Well, it can mean numerous things to different people.  The obvious definition would be something like, “Giving thanks to something or someone inside or outside of yourself.”

So, that's a pretty confusing definition, huh?  Okay, let me explain...

If you put a religious affiliation with a gratitude prayer, you're giving thanks to “someone” outside of yourself in the form of a Deity.

If you don't “swing with that,” then you could be giving thanks to “The Universe at large.” 

In either case, however, you're giving thanks to things outside of yourself – unless, of course, you believe you are a part of the Universal flow of energy, which is where I'm going next...

If your gratitude prayer is “aimed” at being grateful for “things inside of yourself or for your own higher power whether that power comes from you or is channeled through you,” then your focus is inward and you're giving thanks to different parts of yourself.

In any sense, when you are practicing a gratitude prayer, you are engaging your mind enough to be thankful for things in your life and directing this appreciation to an entity or object.

Where does meditation fit into this picture?  Let's look...


If you can quiet your mind down enough to stop the mind chatter through a gratitude meditation or a brainwave meditation to get your mind into the theta state, you are more likely to be able to think clearly and be inspired about the things that you are grateful for in your life.

Once your mind is quiet and clear, it is a perfect time for you to “aim” your thankfulness to the entity or object of your desire by doing a gratitude prayer.

This would also be a good time to write in your gratitude journals expressing your appreciation for things in your life.

By combining meditation practice with the intentional “prayer” focus, you are more likely to be in alignment with the Universal energy of harmony and more likely to have your thankful attitude and prayer sent out “turbo charged!”

best-ways-to-instill-gratitude Another great way to develop gratitude is through hypnosis.  

Check out this article that tells you the results of a study conducted in tandem by the Universities of California and Miami about the benefits of maintaining a grateful disposition.

It also has a hypnosis download that helps you "take the easy route" to developing an attitude of gratitude.

Click here to check out this great article about the Study results and the hypnosis download.

Here's more about the brainwave meditations:

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And for more on gratitude lessons and how to develop gratitude, here's a great article:

How to Develop Gratitude:  Tools to Work Up the Emotional Scale
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