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Gratitude

Don’t Set Out to Save the World

When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.

It isn’t that we say, “It doesn’t matter about me all that much, but if I changed the world, it would be better for other people.” It’s less complicated than that. We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.

– Pema Chödron

from the book “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times”

With thanks to Just Dharma Quotes

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It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up

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“The beauty of today is in all the things: feeling the gentle breeze on your skin, the sunlight filtering through the clouds, the sound of the birds, the silence of no wind. You notice the in-and-out flow of your breath, the feeling of aliveness inside your body. And then there is the beautiful stillness behind it all, which is deep within you. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.“

~ Eckhart Tolle ~


From Benefit to Enlightenment

Source: From Benefit to Enlightenment | Great Middle Way

greatmiddleway.wordpress.com
Sept 9, 2017

wpid-taranatha-e5a49ae7bd97e982a3e4bb96e5a4a7e5b888-13-jpgPerfect enlightenment arises from the awakening mind (bodhicitta).

Awakening mind arises from a pure and excellent aspiration.

Pure aspiration arises from great compassion.

Great compassion arises from great love.

Great love arises from affection for sentient beings.

Affection for sentient beings arises from appreciation and gratitude.

Appreciation and gratitude arise from the perception that sentient beings are our benefactors.

—Jetsun Taranatha, paraphrasing Master Atisha