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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Mastering Our Anger

We need to master our own anger before we can help others do the same. When the flames of anger flare up, we tend to lash out at those who have watered our seeds of anger. It is like finding our house on fire, and instead of putting out the flames, chasing those we think started it. Arguing with others only waters the seeds of anger in us. When anger rises, return to yourself and use the energy of mindfulness to embrace, soothe, and illuminate it. Do not think you will feel better if you can make the other person…

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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