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Being Grateful

January 18, 2013

It ain’t that easy is it?? I know I know, I am supposed to be POSITIVE but sometimes, just sometimes – it can be real hard to be grateful when I am heading THAT way and with these blinkers on my eyes I simply cannot see – let alone appreciate – what is right HERE.

Hang on. Erm. Do you think there might be a solution here? Yep.

Take a good look around at everyone else. Now you thought I was going to stay STOP and smell the roses didn’t you? Well we’ve already covered that particular coping strategy so this is another way. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama once described an incident in Dharamsala when he was taken very ill with an intestinal infection. He was in the back of an ambulance being transported to the hospital and suffering agonising pain. For a few moments he felt sorry for himself but then noticed a street boy with one leg begging. He took a good look around and noticed the scenes outside the ambulance – mothers weeping for their malnourished babies, little girls collecting infected water from the well and then he looked again at his own situation – with gratitude. He acknowledged the help he was receiving, the benefit of the ambulance to transport him quickly to safety, the protection of his security staff, the expertise of the paramedics and he then GAVE this to the people he had noticed on the street – as a sort of  ‘Spiritual Gift’ if you like.

Another way of doing this is to offer our own suffering as a ransom for the benefit of all beings: ‘I experience this so others don’t have to’.

Try it. It weirdly will make you feel more grateful for what you already have which in turn will create even more in your life.

More money. More joy. More love – More ability to help others.

Fantastic.

Until Next Time,

Matt Chase

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