Thank You

There is a subject that’s come up in conversations several times recently. I thought it worth touching on again. That is the profound value of gratitude. Not in a fake sense of thanks or a concept of it. But a really felt recognition of how profound your life and gifts are.

This may not be very present for you now if you’re in a difficult period. If so, the sages prescribe meditation and charitable works. But if it is available to you, it can be very useful to remind yourself of something to be grateful for here and there in the day. This cultures an emotional space that makes it much easier for us to let go of old baggage and live at a higher tone.

And really – don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s simple. And fun.

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2 Responses to Thank You

  1. Grant says:

    I knew I would find some thoughts of yours about this, in your archives.

    I’ve been a bit confused by this lately because I don’t know where it’s arising from and it’s so strong. It’s almost as if some part of me is becoming more aware of what a gift existence is…and I don’t know what I’m doing to deserve it.

    It seems to be coupled with an epiphany I’ve had lately. That is, to allow the tendency to chase after pleasure give way to the awe and mystery of experience itself. I feel like a 7 year old who’s suddenly worked out that there’s more to food than chocolate ice-cream(as bad analogies go).

    The feeling of spontaneous gratitude can be so strong sometimes. Powerful.

    Paradoxically, it’s coupled with a realization that any show of gratitude is not ever enough. Pray 5 times a day? why not 100?

    I’m left humbled and eager to share love.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Grant
      Beautiful. Sounds like what might be called a heart opening. An awakening of the deeper feeling values. While present for everyone, they’re usually masked by unresolved emotions and such. But as those are settled out, the deeper flows of life become conscious, like gratitude, love, and devotion.

      These are more universal values so they’re less personal. And yet they can be deeply intimate. They’re not about doing or deserving but rather allowing what is already there to be present.

      Gratitude is a wonderful thing that helps shift things up, as you describe.

      As the love grows, you may find a desire for an object of devotion, a place to direct that expanding love. Traditionally, that has been God, the teacher, or ones mate. But there are examples like a mountain or animal. 🙂

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