“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 ~
Source: From Benefit to Enlightenment | Great Middle Way
Sept 9, 2017
Perfect 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