Day Eight (and nine :-): Training the mind…

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?

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7 thoughts on “Day Eight (and nine :-): Training the mind…

  1. I am grateful that we had so much fun today!

    Here are the boys’ gratitude moments:

    Andrew: my mom and dad to me to the game because they know I love it a lot. And the marching band is amazing. 

    Eli: I made so many new friends in one day!

  2. Lucila, I LOVE your today’s quote. I’m going to put it on a wall as a reminder.
    Today I’m grateful for a nice weekend I spent with my husband and kids, for beautiful weather, for our trip to The Cloisters. I’m also grateful for my friends.

  3. “The distance between dreams and reality is called discipline”

    -Sefu Ricardo Almeida

    I was told this when i was first struggling understanding my Jiu-Jitsu training, i am always thankful for the little things that can be so simple but just leaves a big smile on your face. no matter how bad things get in life or what struggles you may face we can always over come them.

    one of my favorite quotes reads “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind” – William James

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