Tag: Gratitude

Mindful Monday: The bare essentials of living

Mindful Monday: The bare essentials of living

awareness, Buddhism, Gratitude, mindfulness
Gratitude is much closer to relinquishment than it is to attainment. We are most in touch with the heart of gratitude as we relinquish our self-centered ideas about how our life should be or how we would like it to look. As our ideals and models for some fantasied life fall away, sometimes through active letting go in practice and sometimes because life simply defeats our hopes and dreams, we are left with the bare essentials of living -- our breath, our beating heart, the wind, the birds, the sun and moon. And it is in the ongoing release of our ideas about life that life can then come to us, just as it is, and we can experience the gratitude of this immense and incomprehensible gift. --Flint Sparks What are you noticing about gratitude as relinquishment? ... for Mindful Monday ......
Tuesday’s Thoughts: Gratitude, Remembrance, and Grief

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Gratitude, Remembrance, and Grief

Thanks, Thanksgiving
This is a complicated week this year. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (always 11/20) and Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US (always 3rd Thursday). So I am going off-script for today in order to bring up a couple of these themes. Thanksgiving is complicated. My generation was taught that it was a time that the Pilgrims came over in a caravan big boat and were starving. Those who belong to this land originally, welcomed the undocumented immigrant pilgrims and shared their food and how they grew food. It culminated in one big Thanksgiving dinner where all sat at the table and shared their food. Why is this complicated? Sherman Alexie, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene, says: "It [Thanksgiving] is a holiday that commemorates the beginning of the end for us, the death of a culture." Jacque
Gratitude is the Key that Opens Our Hearts

Gratitude is the Key that Opens Our Hearts

faith, God, Gratitude, spiritual practice, Spirituality
image credit: Contemplative Monk (Facebook Page) Gratitude is like a key that opens our hearts up to heaven, creating more space within us for abundance, at the same time, integrating the spirituality of heaven within and through us. ~ Bob Holmes Gratitude often does seem to be the key that unlocks heaven on earth for us. It causes us to open our hearts, minds, and spirits leaving room for the Divine to fill us up with abundance. How? Because when we get out of the way and express gratitude - we often are giving of ourselves and are therefore an open flowing body of water. This gives the Divine the opportunity to pour into us because the Divine isn't going to pour into an already full vessel. When we express gratitude in all aspects of our lives - we allow the Divine of the Universe...