SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that "gratitude and suffering cannot co-exist?" Can you share a personal experience of a time when you realized that "love is a currency that never runs out?" How do we practice having an eye on the sky while still seeing the ants?
I had begun a gratitude journal several months before my husband was diagnosed with a heart problem that would require him to have open heart surgery. The news was initially overwhelming since I was 6 months pregnant and our son was just three. That night when I left the hospital with my husband in their care I went home and in tears reached for my journal. It was then that instead of struggling to think of something to be grateful for, I was flooded with gratitude for the supports and blessings that surrounded me. Gratitude doesn't always come as easily but when I pause to reflect, I can always find it.
My thought about gratitude and suffering not being able to coexist is that gratitude overrides pain. Of course, if pain is severe, it takes profound gratitude to override it. That's a theory -- I've never had the experience. I learned that love is like muscle, the more you use it the bigger and stronger it gets, it's not like a bar of soap that diminishes as you use it. I probably learned the truth of that most powerfully in the process of my love growing in having a child, and then a second child. Over the years I'm happy to notice that my judgementalness has decreased and my compassion and love have grown, which makes my living more peaceful and satisfying. What occurs to me about having an eye on the sky while still seeing the ants is that it is important to see the forest and the trees, not lose sight of either, maintain balance. While I have some grand vision, it's important to live in each moment and relate with each person with compassion. I practice that by reminding myself that that sort of binocular vision and living is important.[Hide Full Comment]
Three basic inquiries have laid the foundation of my living holistically. What? Why? And How?
What is my purpose/? What is my intention? Why Am I here? What I am doing or going to do is in alignment with my intention? How am going to follow my bliss? These question have been guiding questions for me as I have been walking on the path of my life.To me it is a journey, I am arriving and I am not in a hurry. I hasten slowly. In fact, the path is the goal. There is no disconnect with What? Why? And How?
In my journey I run into people who are on the same path, people who are much more evolved and a few who are self realized. Such readings resonate in me and I am grateful for receiving such gifts. The real work for me is to not only to reflect and contemplate on such readings but to practice and apply them in my everyday life.
I am grateful to remain connected with like minded people who share their learning by responding to such readings
and be a part of Sangha- a community of seekers and following their path.
Jagdish P Dave
When we are grateful we are focusing on that energy and on those experiences in a new light, suffering then is not taking precendence. We are seeing the beauty around us, the love, the joy even in the sorrow. We are reminded of all that is working well even in the midst of what is not. Gratitude helps re-frame everything; we are sick, we are reminded of the systems that continue to work in our bodies; whether it's our heart pumping or our lungs breathing. When we are in pain, we are reminded of all the times we were fortunate to not be in pain.
Love is a currency that never runs out; the more you give, the more you receive in return; but that is not why one shares love. You can blow out a candle, but you cannot blow out a fire: love is the same; the more love there is, the harder it is to extinguish it.
How do we practice eye on sky & see the ants: see the beauty in both and realize it is all the small things that add up to the big. <3