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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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Music in a Plant

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”—Victor Hugo

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”—Maya Angelou

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”—Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”—Pablo Casals

“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”—Thomas Carlyle




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Becoming Whole

 

The middle stone reminds me about becoming whole. Qualities within myself that I would rather disown, the shards, can be observed, embraced and studied, then transformed. The broken parts are still me. Disowning these parts would be rejecting myself, leaving big holes in me. The broken parts need to be transformed and glued back into myself with love. Well, it is not easy…requires being mindful and looking deeply, having compassion and following the path of transformation.




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Remember me

 

Remember me

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”—Luke 23:42

“and gave thanks to God for it [the bread]. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.””—Corinthians 11:24

I am thinking that every object in the universe is pervaded by Christ consciousness. Perhaps, Jesus meant, when you look at bread (or any food), remember that I am in it, the whole cosmos is in it: the air, the rain, the sunshine, the earth. I am with you. Looking ahead, Jesus knew he was going to die soon, and maybe this thought of remembering him in the bread was a way to comfort the disciples that he is still with them in Spirit whenever they ate. It was to bring awareness.

“When I hold a piece of bread, I look at it, and sometimes I smile at it. The piece of bread is an ambassador of the cosmos offering nourishment and support. Looking deeply into the piece of bread, I see the sunshine, the clouds, the great earth. Without the sunshine, no wheat can grow. Without the clouds, there is no rain for the wheat to grow. Without the great earth, nothing can grow. That is why the piece of bread that I hold in my hand is a wonder of life. It is there for all of us. We have to be therefore it.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

“A cloud never dies.”—Thich Nhat Hanh




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Focus Word: Mercy

 

by looking deeply
into our sorrows and challenges
as a witness, as from above
it is possible
to transform our weaknesses into strengths
our wounds into jewels
by God’s grace
by God’s mercy
through Holy Spirit
Insight

 

Continue reading Focus Word: Mercy




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Giving Thanks for This Moment

 

collage, thanksgiving

 

This is a ollaborative group collage that some friends and I did for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters….

 

“One moment is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees.”

-Wu Men [1183-1260], quoted in “The Enlightened Heart”, edited by Stephen Mitchell

 

May the bird call
be my voice
the wind
be my breath
the rivers
be my blood
the soil
be my skin
the rocks
be my bones
the grasses
be my hair
the branches
be my fingers

May earth spinning
be my dance

Let no part of me
ever be separate again
Let no part of you
be unknown to me
Earth of my body
Body of the Earth

-Karen Zeiders

 

 




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