On Gratitude: All Is a Miracle

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 6:15am
On Gratitude: All Is a Miracle

A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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"Bath into the Light"

Credit: Martin Gommel License: Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Miracle of Mindfulness

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GRATITUDE... UNLOCKS ALL MYSTERIES, REVEALS ALL WONDERS, OPENS EVERY DOOR, ILLUMINATES EVERY HEART, UNRAVELS EVERY PATH...

Be ungrateful, and nothing can change,
Make your peace, and this worlds water and clay will appear as a golden carpet...
-Rumi

The miracles of nature, including humans, are strong healing forces if we open our eyes and hearts to them. Two finches and a rabbit appeared on my deck this morning - nature knows when we are hurting. Nature knows when we need it. Be thankful.

I think people get hung up on religions definitions of God. But if we say God is all that is, and all that is not then how can anyone say they do not believe in or know God? We can spend a lifetime becoming conscious of God. We can know that everyone and everything is to be respected and treasured.

"If the only prayer you say in your entire life is 'Thank you," that would suffice."
---Meister Eckhart (1260-c.1320)

I am a follower of Thich Nhat Hanh in my meditation practice, still I was startled by this title "On Gratitude: All is A Miracle." Last year I survived a near-fatal heart attack - one in a hundred my cardiologist says - during which I spent some time in the border lands to the great beyond. When I came back, lying in the ICU all I could do was think and talk about how life is just miracles layered on miracles - from the level of quarks to the entire cosmos itself - and how wonderful it is to be a part of it. My biggest challenge now is not to get bogged down in my own special time-honored and well-worn habitual ways of being cranky. You can't go where I have been and see any sense in it at all to expend time, attention, and energy that way. Thanks for giving your audience a chance to hear the great wisdom of Brother Thay.

"i thank You God for most this amazing day..."
- e.e. cummings

Wonderful photo caught my attention. This quote by the founder of Christian Science makes best sense to me re miracles... "“MIRACLE. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science.” Mary Baker Eddy. “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (Authorized Edition).

Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/science-health-key-to-scriptures/id441922830?mt=11

Something for which I am grateful! One time someone told me that our eyes can do what plants do. Namely, change sunlight into energy. In the plant, it is food. In us it is sight. I'm not sure that this is true, but I like the idea that it may be so.

We’re all hurtling though our lives,
and the planet is hurtling though space
without a seat belt.
We have to discover successively more freedom inside the terrible things that have happened
and the terrible things that certainly will happen, and the whole of it is also
a mysterious splendor , full of kindness,
welcome and cups of tea . JohnTarrantRoshi

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