Thursday, March 16, 2006

On My Gratitude Practice, Day 8

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During today's mindfulness session (very cool), we talked a little bit about impermanence and gratitude. The two go hand in hand. All things must pass; all living beings must die. To celebrate impermanence, we should feel gratitude for the things in life that we value.

The problem for most of us is that we feel attachment more than gratitude. We grasp to the things we value and cherish. It's a natural response of the ego to do so. Ego fears change, impermanence.

But we can override its grasping by cherishing, by feeling gratitude.

Today, I am grateful for the Dharma. I am grateful for these teachings that offer a way out of grasping and suffering.

I am also grateful for smokehouse almonds, but I think that might be edging over into grasping. And, that's . . . okay.

What are you grateful for?
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