One of the aspects of Dave’s work that I most admire is his respect for the elderly. Today’s meditation is based on his interactions with a woman of 110 years of age. He reports that of the seven billion humans alive, only 60 of them are 110 or over, and they’re called “super centenarians” with much to teach us.
His friend’s recipe for living a long and healthy life: sex and spicy food. The woman who lived the longest in our recorded history—122 years young—apparently ate two pounds of chocolate every week of her life! And the last surviving WWI veteran swam every day in the ocean until he reached 100 years of age; he passed just a couple of years ago at 110. What they all had in common is that they each had their regular practice that helped them stay connected to a feeling of gratitude. For this reason, Dave and I have fondly named this meditation “Vitamin G”—the common essential nutrient for all of us…Gratitude.
Are you getting enough Vitamin G? The essential nutrient for all of us…Gratitude.
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Practice opening gratitude in the latitude of your heart, and then expanding it from the center of your chest out in every direction. With each breath, bring the nurturing quality of gratitude into your body, and let it open outwards as you sit.
Find a quiet spot and listen to the 12-minute guided meditation.
Please share with us how you express gratitude and how this meditation experience was for you.
Elena Brower is a mother, an author, a teacher, and co-owner of Virayoga in NYC, a destination studio for travelers and New Yorkers alike. Her first book, Art of Attention, an artful yoga workbook, is in its second US printing and its second translation. Influenced by alignment-based Hatha, Kundalini, and Yin yoga, Elena offers yoga as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. She is always honoured to collaborate with fellow teachers and thought-leaders, and her classes are a masterful, candid blend of alignment and attention cues that speak to body, mind, and heart. As an Executive Producer of On Meditation, she’s helping curate a film that takes us into the lives of meditators to introduce and inspire practice.
Dave Romanelli fuses ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, jazz, fine wine, and gourmet food. His collaborations with chocolatiers, jazz artists, chefs, and sommeliers spread “the art of wellness” beyond the gym or yoga studio and into everyday life. Dave’s debut book, Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment, reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave’s new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. You can check out his workshops on GaiamTV as well as his show Yeah Dave! on uLive.