A heartfelt expression of gratitude at Shed Home
A collaborative entry by Lucila and Candice:
“We can eliminate even the most stubborn delusions and replace them with the opposite virtues. For example, we can weaken our anger by familiarizing our mind with patience and love, our attachment by familiarizing our mind with non-attachment, and our jealousy by rejoicing in others’ good fortune.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
If asked, do you want to feel happy permanently, most of us would answer yes. If asked how we would actually accomplish this wish, most of us would either scratch our heads, not believe it’s possible or say something like this: “When I win the lottery” or “When I get the bigger house” or “When my children become successful and happy.” We would say “Yes, someday one day when….(you fill in the blank)..I will be happy!”.
Unfortunately, the “someday, one day…I will be happy when…” thought is one that keeps our mind focusing on 1) what we don’t have right now and 2) happiness as something that comes from “out there”.
So what if there is a different view? Gratitude is a state of mind which unlocks the secret to happiness. Gratitude requires training yourself to acquire a finer appreciation of things. What if your own life were the finest work of art?
An artist must step back and even appreciate the work that has been put in and manifested. Reframe your perspective: today is that some day. The one day is right now.
In this moment, will you take a step back and appreciate this life as a work of art?