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Saturday, October 12, 2013

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  • BUNNYCATS
    The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
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    1123 days ago
  • PEACEFULONE
    Yup, I can manage that for today, but on some days grateful is going to have to share the time with sad and/or angry. It's all part of the yin and yang.

    “If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”
    ¯ Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

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    1127 days ago
  • GETDONE
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    1148 days ago
  • EOSTAR_45
    What if indeed.
    1148 days ago
  • SNOWYOGA
    Sounds great! emoticon emoticon
    1150 days ago
  • ABURRIS2
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    1151 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    Dear Curious (responding to DOKEYOKEY below),

    These are my thoughts on this knotty idea, dear kindred spirit on the Path: Perhaps "grateful" isn't exactly right..."acceptance" may be better, though being able to look at our predicament -- e.g., no partner at this moment -- with gratitude may be a sign of spiritual maturity. To be able to say sincerely, "what I have is enough...it's what I need for now, it is providing me with the lessons I need at this stage." Perhaps?

    Pema Chodron says, "Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected.

    "But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction.

    "On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there.

    "The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together."
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    1151 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/26/2013 11:27:47 AM
  • KALIGIRL
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    Yep - everything!

    Namaste my friend
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    1151 days ago
  • DOKEYOKEY
    Hey, Maha -- This is an interesting idea, but why do you think it is useful? For instance, why should I be grateful for the lack of a life partner? Is it part of the "Loving what is" material? Signed, Curious (aka Kathleen)
    1151 days ago
  • LADYFROMTHEWOOD
    Acne, fat, cat hair, and housework. I will find a way - means I'm living and have plenty, I have lovely fur babies, and a family that lives in our home.
    1151 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Okay, I can settle for ALMOST everything. I don't think I can be grateful for spiders or rats.
    1151 days ago
  • MTRACHEL
    Some more good words shared by you...and I am still remembering the wonderful Wendell Barry poem about giving myself away
    1151 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    What if we decided to be grateful every day?
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    1152 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Canadian Thanksgiving here -- and yup, I'm grateful for everything.
    1152 days ago
  • JESPAH
    Um, okay.
    1152 days ago
  • SLASALLE
    Well, it's pretty funny, because I had this absolutely, totally, completely stellar day yesterday ... and had posted about it in both of my gratitude spots ... then I saw this!!!! :-)

    As usual, you're right on target, my dear!!!

    xoxoxo
    1152 days ago
  • GOANNA2
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    I am grateful for a beautiful day with my friends
    sitting in a restaurant ovelooking the mighty Pacific.
    1152 days ago
  • JUST_BREATHE08
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    1152 days ago
  • CRYSTALJEM
    Today I am grateful for everything. Thank you Maha.
    1152 days ago
  • MSGO72
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    1152 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Got my mile of gratitude today! :-)

    Gorgeous fall weather!

    Don
    1152 days ago
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