This guided contemplation begins with integrating mindfulness of breathing meditation with the repetition of a “short form” lovingkindness meditation.  After this practice is established, a series of gratitude contemplations are offered, for example, the benefits of meditation practice, the convenience of electricity and potable water, the joys of friendly companionship, etc.  The goal is to cultivate a daily appreciation of the simple gifts of life that are often overlooked and taken for granted.