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Really...EVERYTHING?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

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BUNNYCATS 11/10/2013 5:26PM

    The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
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PEACEFULONE 11/6/2013 11:30PM

    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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GETDONE 10/17/2013 4:16AM

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ASHERAH38 10/17/2013 1:46AM

    What if indeed.

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SNOWYOGA 10/14/2013 7:29PM

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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2013 10:06AM

    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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KALIGIRL 10/14/2013 9:40AM

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Yep - everything!

Namaste my friend
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DOKEYOKEY 10/14/2013 8:32AM

    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)

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 10/14/2013 8:05AM

    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.

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PHEBESS 10/13/2013 4:58PM

    Okay, I can settle for ALMOST everything. I don't think I can be grateful for spiders or rats.

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MTRACHEL 10/13/2013 1:34PM

    Some more good words shared by you...and I am still remembering the wonderful Wendell Barry poem about giving myself away

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HIPPICHICK1 10/13/2013 1:14PM

    What if we decided to be grateful every day?
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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 12:39PM

    Canadian Thanksgiving here -- and yup, I'm grateful for everything.

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JESPAH 10/13/2013 11:27AM

    Um, okay.

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SLASALLE 10/13/2013 9:15AM

    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

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GOANNA2 10/13/2013 8:11AM

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I am grateful for a beautiful day with my friends
sitting in a restaurant ovelooking the mighty Pacific.

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JUST_BREATHE08 10/12/2013 11:40PM

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CRYSTALJEM 10/12/2013 5:55PM

    Today I am grateful for everything. Thank you Maha.

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MSGO72 10/12/2013 4:44PM

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DDOORN 10/12/2013 2:44PM

    Got my mile of gratitude today! :-)

Gorgeous fall weather!

Don

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