Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to practice. Anything and everything are objects of our gratitude. Even harmful emotions or encountering difficult people! For these can inspire us to change and work on our stuff. In fact harmful emotions can also be seen in terms of bliss and emptiness — their resultant purification – and thus appropriate offerings. To whom do we offer our gratitude? To every living being including ourself, and the enlightened ones – our future selves.
Verse 3 from the ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa reads, “In all activities may I examine my mind; As soon as conflicting emotions arise Endangering myself and others, May I firmly face […]
When we forgive ourselves and learn to love ourselves, we can more completely and with less attachment, love others. There is forgiveness, and then there is gratitude. Living in grace is magical. It makes every […]