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Guided Meditation: Reframe Frustration

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Published on Aug 21, 2011

In this video, Anne Ornish will guide you through the practice of reframing frustration by focusing on gratitude. Learn how meditation is an important part of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease: http://undoitwithornish.com.

Anne Ornish: "Whenever you feel yourself frazzled with frustration, remind yourself that you can re-garner your sense of peace by the simple, yet powerful practice of gratitude. In any moment, you can shift your thoughts and feelings by reframing them with gratitude, whether it be something in the past, some current challenge, even some perceived worry in the future. It's gratitude that allows for acceptance, to recognize what lessons are there to be learned, what insights are there to be integrated and what wisdom is there to be gained.

When things seem to be getting out of control around you, take a moment to reflect inwardly. Just like the axis of a wheel, when you return to our center, we find stillness. Take a moment to catch your breath here.

Now identify three things: people or places – that you feel deeply grateful for, that provide you essential inspiration, guidance and support and then feel into them one by one.

Practicing this type of gratitude provides a doorway to a deeper part of yourself: the part where love blooms, where inspiration flows automatically, creativity bubbles up, and compassion emanates. Giving yourself a few moments to tap into this gratitude allows you to view what’s happening from a new angle, which can provide abundant opportunities.

It is from this inner locus that we can re-garner, and re-calibrate the calm and vigor we need to persevere.

So, remember, when frustration and despair arise, invoke this attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is the bottomless well within you and all around you.”

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