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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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Towards the One

 

Towards the One

“All numbers are multiples of one, all sciences converge to a common point, all wisdom comes out of one center, and the number of wisdom is one.”
 
– Paracelsus
 
 
“I tell them there are no backwaters. There is only one river, and we are all in it. Wave your arms, and the ripples will eventually reach me.”
 
— Scott Russell Sanders in “Writing from the Center”
 
 
This is a collaborate group collage done for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters a few years ago.
 




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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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We Are All Linked

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe. ”
—John Muir

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Heart of Silicon Valley

mosaic collage Don Langdon

 

……………..…………….Silicon Valley……“Pi” in the sky
…………..…… +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
……….…hopes and dreams reaching for the stars, making a
……..difference.  Thank you to all people in all times: engineers
….researchers, scientists, doctors, visionaries who have contributed
………..….to technology in a way that help to heal people, to
……….……………..make lives easier.  People helping
……………………………. people.  Peace.
………………………………. ……………..Love.

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A Bride Married to Amazement

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

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