Article Summary by Michael Estlack, DIrector of Connectivity
Gratitude oftentimes doesn’t seem to have a place in our fast paced, consumerism focused society. We are constantly being told we want more and what we have isn’t good enough. This wanting more and not being content with what we have can really turn into a sickness for us. Thankfully, we find that we can cultivate this gratitude as a spiritual practice and allow it to enrich our lives. According to Zen teacher David Loy, gratitude can help us stay grounded as we face our troubles, find compassion for the world and the people in it and reach an inner happiness only we can unlock.
So how does one cultivate gratitude?
Zen teacher David Loy believes incorporating gratitude in ones life can be as easy as making a list of ten things one is appreciative of. With each successive list, we find gratitude easier throughout the day because we now look for it. It’s all about the mindset and when we live in such a headspace, happiness and contentment finds us.
Another way we find this gratitude is by showing it to the people we have in our life. Appreciating them can benefit not only their self-esteem, but also bring about this elusive gratitude in us. Doing so can also have the added benefit of making us feel the strong interconnection we have as humans. When we find this interconnection, we can realize that we are not alone on our journey and that our wellbeing spans further than our physical self.
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To learn more about gratitude, please visit: http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/articles/zen-gratitud
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