Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday's Gratitude: Simplicity and Relationship

Friday's gratitudes (posted Saturday morning):

  • The April Awakening Joy class videos and materials that arrived this week. Sarah and I got started into the materials last night. The theme for this month is, of all things, Gratitude. Well. On this topic I've got some familiarity. And I am grateful for my gratitude buddies on this blog whose participation inspires me to keep me going.
  • The simple pleasures of a simple meal made from scratch with organic ingredients in collaboration with Sarah Friday evening. We have pretty active lives, and it was nice to share this evening when neither one of us had a meeting to go to or friends to see.
  • And, too, the darker difficulties and worries that arise in these worrisome times to trouble my consciousness. Ordinary dark fearful thoughts and anxious feelings surround the pleasant moments. But the dark doesn't overcome the light. It actually helps the light glow with warmer comfort.

Finally, this quotation from the Dalai Lama who manages to express a thought I've had a lot, but don't know how to say as simply as he:

"If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing and shelter to protect you from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation."

—The Dalai Lama

If I had one thing to add to the Dalai Lama's quote here, it would be that contentment arises, too, from being in good quality relationship with everyone in your life. So go out there and do some random acts of kindness and senseless act of beauty.


Delwyn said...

A lovely thoughtful post Dan. Thank you.
Today being Sunday is market day and I give thanks for the variety and freshness of the abundant produce that we can find there.

I also give thanks to Grant for the special coffee he makes for us a 6am

and for the friends that we shared our coffee break with.

Katherine said...

Kindness. And simplicity. Thank you for this reminder Dan.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Katherine,

You're welcome. Seems we need to echo this message more and more. Since March 10 the United States has experienced 8 shooting rampages leaving 57 people dead. I remember when shooting rampages like this were truly rare and shocking events.

We need kindness today more than ever!