Seven Buddhist Lessons in Gratitude - Deepstash

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1. BE GRATEFUL FOR NOTHING.

1. BE GRATEFUL FOR NOTHING.

“When was the last time you felt grateful because nothing happened?”

You don’t live in a war zone, like many others. You are not starving and suffering from famine, like many others. You didn’t have a heart attack. Nobody shot at you or robbed your home while you were gone.

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2. MAKE GRATITUDE YOUR CENTRAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

2. MAKE GRATITUDE YOUR CENTRAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

“Every circumstance, no matter how complex, challenging, and frustrating, contains a positive seed that should be nurtured.”

Practice simply to give thanks for what we have received.

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3. APPRECIATE IRRITATING PEOPLE.

3. APPRECIATE IRRITATING PEOPLE.

Be especially grateful for having to deal with annoying people and difficult situations, because without them ... how could we practice patience, exertion, mindfulness, loving-kindness, or compassion? It is by dealing with such challenges that we grow and develop. 

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4. BECOME HIGHLY RESPONSIVE TO KINDNESS RECEIVED.

4. BECOME HIGHLY RESPONSIVE TO KINDNESS RECEIVED.

“These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.”

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5. LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING.

5. LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING.

Train yourself to see a positive in the presence of many negatives.

Every circumstance, no matter how complex, challenging, and frustrating, contains a positive seed that should be nurtured.

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6. EXPAND YOUR MINDFULNESS.

6. EXPAND YOUR MINDFULNESS.

Take a few minutes at the end of each day to mentally note the many people who have invisibly served you by providing medicine, shelter, safety, food, and education.”

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7. Start each day like a Buddhist monk.

7. Start each day like a Buddhist monk.

Many Buddhist monks begin each day with this chant of gratitude:

“With gratitude I remember the people, animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life every day. 

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me…..

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CURATED BY

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Present… here… now

CURATOR'S NOTE

Building your sense of thankfulness the Buddhist way. Not because you have to be grateful.

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