The cornerstone of my spiritual life can be summed up with one word: gratitude. Without gratitude, no matter how “spiritual” I might look or act, my heart is closed and cold, and there is no room for the mystery of the divine.
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I’ve always sought, that this prayer ask for an attitude, which I found so characteristic and fundamental in Buddhism. And some years ago I was struck, when I found a very similar advice in the famous Bodhicaryavatara by 8th century Indian Buddhist master Shantideva of Nalanda Monastic University.
I sit in the darkness, my son nursing in my lap, my daughter lying beside me under a pile of warm blankets, holding my hand. The room is still as I sing the familiar lullaby lyrics I sing every night. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
There would never be any disruptions to mental stability if extended difficult situations and ways of coping with them were included in the general education curriculum before young people become warped and twisted by general expectations and the search for permanent happiness and safety.
Imagine a simple stalk with a small white flower at its peak. Held up by two gentle fingers. Gazed upon by a being of the heart. His two eyes merges with that little flower. He is not judging or evaluating that flower, he simply sees the flower, as the wonder it is.
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Habits and lifestyle change has made it more and more clear that self-control is a poor strategy in lifestyle change in the long run, because it is as if part of the body must be in a permanent state of effort to control another part.
Pure fantasy? No it is not. A friendly revolution has already begun, many places on the planet. We need a completely different perspective on our understanding of what creates healthy societies, happy lives, sustainable development and respect for future generations’ welfare on the planet.