In the tradition we talk about the Four Gratitudes:
- to our mother and our father, who as brought us life
- to our teachers, who have taught us how to love, understand and to live deeply in the present moment
- to our friends, who guide and support us especially in difficult moments
- to all beings in the animal, vegetal and mineral world, who makes our life possible
I read an article a while back in Scientific America Mind. It was called "We are hard wired to care". Researchers have found that our happiness and well being increases when we do kind things. I think we already know this, but sometimes we forget. With the practice of coming back to the present moment to be aware of our thoughts, words and actions we have a wonderful opportunity to run a little experiment on ourselves. Saying thank you, opening our heart to receive and to give, helps us to be happy. Does this ring true for you as well?
I feel so grateful for our teacher and innumerable teachers and practitioners that show and tread the path of joy, compassion and freedom. Just remembering that I have a practice that can help me deal with whatever comes up, helps me to cultivate happiness and enables me to transform suffering. Thank you!
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