Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not necessarily something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a-priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life.
Thankfulness finds its full measure in generosity of presence, both through participation and witness. We sit at the table as part of every other person’s strange world while making our own world without will or effort, this is what is extraordinary and gifted, this is the essence of gratefulness, seeing to the heart of privilege.
Thanksgiving happens when our sense of presence meets and fully beholds all other presences. Being unappreciative, feeling distant, might mean we are simply not paying attention.
may your day simply be a moment to pause and notice……..how do you love?
inquiry for today~ can you offer your most simple gratitude without the fuss? can it linger into the night?
In contemplative practices of any kind, questions provoke inquiry, reflection, and conscious awareness of what we are learning or what is being revealed to us about our own current inner and outer work.
What are you thankful for today?
As the year begins to wind to a close, reflect upon the blessings, opportunities, fruits, and harvests that have come into your life this year. To whom or what are you especially grateful for in your life?
Whom have you helped this year? What circumstances have ignited your generosity and gratitude?