Gratitude

Pretend it’s all one moment. Whatever it is, it’s already done. You have retired, they have died, the glass broke. Now appreciate it all.

Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test, or develop your equanimity. How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation? Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space? These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity. Rather than shift the blame onto an institution, system, or person, one can develop the capacity to opt to rest within the experience of inconvenience.

This is a place to share the small things in life that make you smile…. like a great conversation with a stranger, a fabulous meal at a new restaurant, a warm shower after a camping trip, the feel of some soft sheets after a long day, etc….

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Giving emotional support

Giving, for most people, is like putting money in a parking meter. They resent the parking meter for not accepting dollar bills when it only accepts coins. If we are to successfully give to our partners, we must be accountable to give in the currency they cherish…. To sum all this up, one of the major causes of frustration and resentment in relationships is that men tend to automatically give to women what men need, while women give men what a woman would most appreciate.

- John Gray

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