Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks

“Gratefulness is not the result of happiness. It is the cause of happiness.”
Brother David Stendl-Rast

Gratitude is part of the shared territory of all religion. It acknowledges our dependence on other people and systems of support we forget in our illusion of independence. I use
“ The Five Prostrations” taught by Thich Nhat Hanh whenever I find myself in a dark cloud of feeling I can’t shake. I offer you my paraphrase of it in the spirit of the holiday.
----In gratitude I bow down to my biological ancestors, (to my parents and grandparents and brother, and aunts and uncles and cousins and nieces and nephews and in-laws) who connect me to the chain of human manifestation.
----In gratitude I bow down to my spiritual ancestors, (to Jesus and the Buddha, Ram Dass and Krishnamurti, Lao Tzu and Sri Aurobindo, Mary Baker Eddy, the wonderful Alan Watts and of course Thich Nhat Hanh) who connect me with the best of myself and to the divine whole of which I’m a part.
---In gratitude I bow down to the systems that support me, (to the plants and animals that are my food and the growers, packers, truck drivers, and grocery workers that bring it to me. And all of the systems behind all of my transactions with my surroundings, including the man who is trying to unclog my sink as my turkey cooks.) I understand how they interconnect me with the world in multiple ways and how dependent I am on these systems for the way I live.
---In gratitude I bow down to the people I love. (To Michael and my friends and family, my students and that special category of past students who are now dear friends, to the Youth Ambassadors and the Medicine Wheel Elders, to every person I meet who cares about other people) all of who stimulate my highest vibrational state.
---I gratitude I bow down to the people who’ve made me suffer. (*) I understand they are not as lucky as I am, that they suffer and as a result need to spread suffering.
(*) Fill in your own particulars for all the areas with ()
Lately I’ve begun to spontaneously bow my head with my hands together to thank people whenever they’ve given me help of any kind. It feels good, and I realize how few gestures we have for showing each other respect.
Thank you to the community of people who visit my bog. I appreciate your attention and sensitive comments. My awareness of your presence stimulates my mind and ideas.

1 comment:

Adam said...

All-addin's magic carpet of gratitude

Map all events in time as deviating from baseline, a way of all interactions seen, perhaps feeling like the ripple of wave interference patterns in thicker mediums. Look at the clouds, do you ever see a ripple? These ripples imprint all mediums, and every condensation of matter exudes these ripples.
We do this all day anyway, whether we know it or not, looking at how things have changed. We see ripples in the clouds, beautifully dancing. We see trends in these waves, and through trends we see relations. Through relations we decode the holographic fabic. We compare everything as an oscillating deviation from center. The ripples ripple each other and itself to form a 'fractalisation effect' in time (if you will....the word is 'fractalize' is not in the dictionary) and all of the Universe that we see is based on a root oscillation. Every level from micro to macro is oscillating as a reflection of itself. And our minds operate the same way, of course.
Before the beginning, there was void. Utterly pure emptiness. Right now.
The null was pregnant, and so was born a ripple. Bequeathing all and everything.
That original ripple that formulated the lattice of all eternity was what could be called a "word". That word was Love. All there is.
Born of a ripple, so it shall be a ripple. Thank you ripples.