May 29

Today, let's give thanks
for life.  For life itself.
For simply being born!

Daphne Rose Kingma


Today's Meditation:

When life seems difficult, when troubles seem to keep piling up, when we can't seem to get ahead, this seems to be a very difficult task, indeed.  To be thankful for this life that's so difficult and trying--what's with that?  When we look around at other people who don't seem to have any problems at all, who seem to have plenty of money and love in their lives so that they don't have to worry about the things we have to worry about, then just how are we supposed to be thankful for being born into the situation that we're in?

At the very least, Daphne doesn't say that it's easy to do this.  She also doesn't say that we should be thankful for our problems (though they do give us great lessons).  She says to be thankful for life, for the chance to live in this world full of amazing people and sights and sounds and trees and animals and things to do.  She says to be thankful for this amazing body that does some pretty amazing things, for the opportunity to live and breathe and exercise and rest and just be.  For it's that very gratitude that helps us to build up the resilience that will help us to get through the hard times, through the challenges and difficulties.

When we have an attitude of gratitude, then we're able to see our lives from a healthy perspective.  We're able to recognize and appreciate the gifts that we have, and weigh them accurately against the problems (instead of the problems gaining much more importance than they deserve, and us making the mountains out of the molehills).

She asks us not to be grateful for what we have, but just for being here in the first place.  And isn't that the best place to start, really?  Isn't that the gratitude that will allow us to feel all the other gratitude?  After all, the most important beginning to all the good that we have is the fact that we're here in the first place, and when we recognize that and feel the true gratitude for that, then we can finally open the doors to all the other goods in life that are just waiting to be a part of our particular lives.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the barriers that keep you from being thankful just for being alive?  How might you work through those barriers?

What other blessings are you able to enjoy just because you're here on this planet in human form? 

How can feeling and expressing gratitude help you in this life?

For further thought:

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning
light, for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food
and the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving
thanks, the fault lies in yourself.



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