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Cultivating Gratitude

 

"Gratitude is an inner connection with us, God and the entire universe."-Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi

This summer, I attended some retreats with my spiritual teacher, Amma, or Mata Amritanandamayi. One of the topics she talked about was about cultivating gratitude. She said that “Gratitude is a decision just like happiness. . . Gratitude is an inner connection between God, the entire creation and us.”  She reminded us that everything we are receiving is due to the work of countless people living now and in the past, Mother Nature, and unseen forces. We are indebted to the world. Nature is our mother.

Other notes I wrote down:

Life is a blessing. Gratitude is a prayer that opens and enlarges our hearts to receive more. Appreciate life with each breath we take. Accept all situations with discernment. It is man’s nature to notice what we don’t have, instead of seeing all the good around us. Replace “mine” with “O God, everything is yours.” Help others without expecting anything in return. Remember that the next breath may not be ours. Remember God constantly. Our real success in life lies in unity.

Some time ago, I used the header image to make a greeting card. The positioning of the clouds, opening up in freedom, reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings about embracing our feelings. So I wrote these words:

inner skies widen
as each breath is observed
as each feeling is embraced
with arms of compassion

 




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About inheritance

inheritances

Seeing this plant age so gracefully inspired me with its elegant lines, uprightness, and gesture indicating it had sung many happy songs in the sun. This will surely affect the next generation, gifts to its children, as its ancestors influenced this one. I have observed this kind of plant in the spring during which it has a structure that looks star-like from which flowers sprout. All its blossoms spring from stars.

 

“Everything
we think,
feel, and do
has an effect
on our ancestors
and all future generations
and reverberates
throughout
the universe.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Your body is not yours alone.
It belongs to your ancestors,
your parents,
future generations,
and to society
and all other living beings.
All of them have come together
to bring about the presence
of this body.
Keeping your body healthy
is an expression of gratitude
to the whole cosmos.
If you are healthy
physically and mentally,
all of us will benefit.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh, “Moments of Mindfulness”




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Clarity

 

“When there is inward awareness of every activity of your mind and your body, when you are aware of your thoughts, of your feelings, both secret and open, conscious and unconscious, then out of this awareness there comes a clarity that is not induced, not put together by the mind.  And without that clarity, you may do what you will, you may search the heavens, and the earth, and the deeps, but you will never find out what is true.”

– J. Krishnamurti




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Generate Joy

Generate Joy

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. Someone on my Facebook mentioned a word focus activity during lent, 2015 Lent Photo-A-Day. Today’s focus word is “Joy”.

These came to mind when I thought about “joy”:

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Heart Space

 

heart-shaped spider web

 

I’ve never seen a spider web
with a heart space in the middle
of what a soul might desire
spaciousness
freedom
stillness
emptiness yet fullness
empty of preconceptions
emptiness
empty of what (a separate existence)
clear of clutter
room for Divine
space to breathe

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Like a Loyal Dog Waiting for His Master

When I saw this stick next to the rippling waves, it reminded me of a dog waiting for his Master, or of someone witnessing thoughts and emotions.

just like our Faithful Friend
who watches our comings and goings
may we light up each thought with awareness
and trust that God, the Boatman,
is with us, guiding our way
Continue reading Like a Loyal Dog Waiting for His Master




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