Meditation on Gratitude 

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
A silver and silver gilt cup covered in intricate ornamentation shaped like grape vines with a slender handle.
Benjamin Schlick; The Homer Cup, 1844; Carnegie Museum of Art, Berdan Memorial Trust Fund

Reflect on gratitude with this guided meditation to The Homer Cup by Benjamin Schlick. Follow along with the audio or text below.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to meditation on gratitude:

  1. Breathe deeply as you observe the ornate details of the cup. Focus your attention on the leaves, the vines, and the fruits.
  2. Consider the festivity–such as a feast or celebration–that might surround such an object.
  3. Reflect on the current season and the many ways we celebrate this time of year.
  4. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, centering yourself in the present moment. Let go of any thoughts about the future.
  5. Bring to mind people you love in your life. Focus on one person you are grateful for in your life.
  6. Now, visualize the cup in your mind’s eye and imagine you are placing your thought of gratitude in the cup.
  7. Repeat this process, reflecting on any people or aspects of your life you are grateful for, as you fill your cup up with gratitude.
  8. Calm the mind and cultivate thankfulness this season by practicing this gratitude meditation as often as you like.

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