An expression of gratitude from Maplewood Public Library
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha
As you are reading this I am at a meditation retreat at KMC New York. I will be meditating, and practicing silence for a large part of the weekend. I find that time out to practice this way is the best training I can give my mind.
I will come back in a couple of days having contemplated what is most important, what really matters. Life can get so busy, and without the time to really think about what to focus on, I can get lost. And then life seems unfocused, unbalanced and without purpose.
And that’s really what we are doing when we take a moment to think about what we are grateful for today. We are focusing on something that works. We are training the mind to focus on a positive state of mind so we more easily gravitate there more often, especially when we are triggered. And this requires a lot of practice!
Shall we practice? It only takes a minute. What are you grateful for today?