Mindah-Lee is organising a guided meditation and short discussion tomorrow around 'gratitude'

Maybe this will help a few people better survive a tense 'festive' season… More importantly, this may highlight a fundamental practice, which not only participated in the Buddha and his Sangha having food and shelter thus their teachings flourishing (donations are often part generosity, part gratitude), but also is a gate into mindfulness!

Just like love is often confused with a conditioned clinging, gratitude is easily confused with a manifestation of clinging to, or attempting to perpetuate, what's pleasurable. Gratitude is easily thought of as a conditioned phenomena, unworthy of the quest for unconditioned Liberation, but it doesn't have to be.

« These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done. »
— AN 2.118

Gratitude is on par with the other pāramīs.

Gratitude is a gate to mindfulness: if you cultivate a wholesome gratitude, then you pay attention to what to be thankful for… By doing so, you become a lot more able to control mental proliferations (e.g. about how 'terrible' your life is, e.g. about how you 'owe' your successes only to yourself (or your 'self'), etc.)! This is a great gate, to see impermanence, to see selflessness, to understand how clinging leads to suffering, and even to start manifesting the unconditioned traits of the buddha-mind.

I hope you'll be able to join.

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Practicing gratitude promotes happiness, contentment and good health, yet it is something we tend to experience only in response to someone’s extraordinary kindness or when reflecting on a special day. Fortunately, however, gratitude is something we can experience on a daily basis if we can train our minds to pay attention to the small things. 

Join moderators of the Google+ Buddhism and Meditation community for a #PrayerOnAir Hangout where we will lead you through a 10-minute guided meditation on gratitude and a short discussion sharing practical tips on making gratitude a regular practice in our day.

Participants: +Denis Wallez, +Julio Robles  & +Mindah-Lee Kumar 
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