A Jewish Renewal app dedicated to cultivating gratitude premiered this week. The app was created by Andrew Ash in partnership with Rabbi Shefa Gold, and features thirty-six different settings for Modah Ani, the morning prayer for gratitude.
The app (currently available for iPhone, iPad, etc; not yet available for Android phones or other devices) gives users the option of either listening to “today’s flavor” (the chant chosen for today) or choosing from a list of “Flavors of Gratefulness” — all 36 chants, each denoted with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
All of the chants were composed by Rabbi Shefa Gold, and you can preview them on her website. She writes:
Each day I wake up with an intention that when I open my eyes I will see and recognize God’s Face in the details of the day I am about to encounter. I have many different melodies for the chant. I make up a new one almost every day that expresses my particular mood, inspiration, anticipation, attitude or flavor of my gratefulness. Sometime I just chant the first 3 words, as I come into gratefulness and the awareness of God’s Presence in my world. Sometimes I chant the first 6 words, as I acknowledge that although my whole world is in flux, there is a Great Spirit — eternal and enduring, moving through all of it. And sometimes I chant all 12 words, receiving consciousness from the Compassionate One and opening to the sense of being seen, known, loved and fully accepted by The Great Mystery that embraces me this very day.
Meister Eckart said that if the only prayer you ever say is, “Thank You,” that would be enough. Gratefulness connects us up to the great flow of receptivity and generosity. When we begin the day in gratefulness, we step on to the Path of Love.
The app, which costs $4.99, is available via iTunes / on the app store.