“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward
I’m Amazing You’re Amazing
As a forward looking society, it is quite easy to get lost in the rat race and lose sight of the things we should be grateful for in our lives.
We take so many things for granted. We fail to see what such an amazing mystery this reality truly is. We get caught up in trivial matters that we end up taking for granted the most important thing in our lives, which is life itself. And since we are actually one with life, we take ourselves and our existence for granted.
Life, reality, happiness…is always in the present moment. It will never be found anywhere else, so all that is needed is that we learn how to notice and pay attention to the rich and alive texture of the present moment. We need to become aware of all the things that keep us from being in the moment (mainly our thought process). We need to develop an awareness that stays alert moment to moment without clinging to anything (meditation practice). Being in contact with the moment you will come to see all the beautiful things in life that you may have neglected being grateful for.
When you begin to live a conscious life you will have many moments and thoughts like..”Whoa…I am alive!…how amazing is this!…even more amazing is how I somehow loose touch with this sense of being”.
So the number one thing we should be grateful for, is for just being alive. I know life can be extremely hard, but when you can actually grasp at how amazing it is that we even had an opportunity to experience this reality, all of life’s challenges can be dealt with, and ultimately evolve to a deep sense of appreciation for life as it is.
As Buddha said, life is Dukkah…life is suffering….but life is only suffering when we live in ignorance…when we go against life, when we go against the present moment. When you have a vertical growth in consciousness (awakening and breaking identification with the mind) and your able to see life for what it is, you develop a strong sense of determination to rise above many of the things we label as suffering. By understanding suffering, you then understand what it is to live a blissful life, a happy life.
If you are reading this, YOU are ALIVE…how awesome is that..let that sink in…take a few moments to just enjoy “being” here now and feel the energy and intelligence that animates your body…it’s quite a miraculous thing.
Albert Einstein said, there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. The choice is yours, now isn’t that amazing
What are you grateful for? Leave a comment and let me know….
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(editors note: originally posted on 11/03/2011)