Is Being Truly Grateful Achievable?

the-path-to-spirituality I have no clue what gratitude inspires in us. Does it help one become more self-empowered or instead, hoard their supplies. Do accomplishments or dreadful experiences determine our volume of appreciativeness? Why are we thankful? Moreover, what are we indebted to and what motivates us to examine ourselves when we are not?

Unfortunately, yesterday, my wife and I received a call our oldest son (Aaron) was hospitalized with a collapsed lung. In particular, this kind of news immediately translates the assurance of mortality to its listeners. As such, my wife and I being humans were not immune to this stark realization. Seemly, however, my wife appeared more concerned than I did. Subsequently, her face visible with unease drew my attention and an assessment. In other words, I did not get her initial conclusion to go to Chicago and visit him immediately. I did not get it.

That’s what my life is about now. When we get free, when our minds are clear, all it leaves is gratitude and how can I help?”~ Byron Katie Quote

Your Son’s In Danger

Nevertheless, she explained love was the motivating factor of her worries and not fears. As a result, I became concern then with my lack of concern, was I insensitive? Worse, was I out of touch with her feelings; what cues did I miss; however, we will table that for a later date. In this case, my calm seemed to illuminate gratefulness more so than non-concern. Namely, my past is littered with early deaths (i.e., Father, grandmother, and mother) and so maybe I am numb to life’s realities. On the other hand, my two-decade battle with clinical depression may have enlightened me to being mindful. Who knows, however, this is for sure, I react different, as a result, I never panic or think the worse when bad news arrives.Spirituality-What-a-Concept

I believe however, the reason for my calm is what I went through in life; it made me. I do not become terrorized or immobile because I know what is important. In particular, the little things taken for granted, (i.e., walks, quietness, solitary, tranquility) strengthen my gratefulness for the moment, the present. When we think about lost, as surely as I think my wife did, we think missed opportunities. As a result, our mind begins to play this continuous loop of ‘what we wished we had done’ or what we wanted to say to them.

All Talk N0 Action

Unfortunately, becoming and remaining truly grateful normally is thrust upon us by circumstances similar to ours; where situations are out of our control and threatening to take something away (i.e., life, health, material items). When this occurs, we may plead relentlessly for resolve. Nevertheless, if prays become fruition not soon after some are back to the human race in days. Again worshipping the God of circumstances, hoping she does not greet us again in the near future. The busy lives we treasure can become negative bowls of thoughts looking behind and ahead. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.~ Henry Ward Beecher Sadly, we are always looking for more in the physically world and we cannot find peace because of this unquenchable thirst.

To examine one’s gratefulness one need to be in the moment. Subsequently, being present and mindful ceases the insatiable appetite for worldly pleasures. We desire nice walks, instead of countless hours to achieve more money, to buy more things. A good sign of an appreciative person is their ability to sit and actually listen to other people.  They make one feel appreciated and that your time is valuable.  On the other hand, we  know individuals that are always busy, running like a track star, in the never-satisfied races.

The moment is all you ever will possess on earth, the past and future does not exist. Gratefulness occurs when one experiences this higher consciousness, when we take advantage of the important things in life. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”~ Oprah Winfrey

You have a lot of love inside, be grateful, slow down and nurture it like a fine garden.

The Invisible Dragon

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We are living a bad dream…

Dragon’s Daily Fireball

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Imagine yourself immersed in a dream.  A scary mental projection that appears all too real.  Unable to awake, you moan and complain about this dream state referred to as, ‘Life.” 

You react to its rapid plot-changing action with deep-emotions.  You cry, laugh, and experience mental exasperation.  The climax is always the same, pain and fear.

When we are slaves to this imagination, our dream (Life) appear as reality.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Nothing conceivable is real.  Our memory is a manufacturer of surrealism.

Break away from its bondage and witness your true existence.

The Invisible Dragon

The Dragon’s Daily Fireball, 4.24.10

A busy mind…

“The mind’s only duty is disturbance.  Your enlightenment patiently waits for the follies of thoughts to subside.  Once peace exists, your spirit will implode with a burst of light.  This light is the guide to the higher self and truthful existence.  Once blinded by this light, you will see your cause and live it accordingly.”

The Invisible Dragon

Discover Your True Self

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Define Me

**To realize our true nature, one’s comprehension must be turn inside out. Did you know memories, assumptions, and facts are obstacles to a new awareness?

Our mind contains many untruths about our true nature. (e.g., birth, death, spiritual dependency) These delusive comprehension become accessible as the mind search for causation of existence.

‘Who Am I’ appear to require a plausible answer, or at least one believable enough to have faith in. Therefore, the obsession with ‘Who AM I’ influenced our mind to clarify existence with role identification. ‘Who AM I’ became ‘What I do.’

Diggin’ Out

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The mind craves identification through role-play. More so, our attachment to these multiple identities (e.g., fathers, wives, children and students) provides the stress to our lives. Sadly, some may falsely deceive others of ‘who we are’ and worse, ourselves. 17917_ad3f

Understandably, some may even become morally bankrupt, while existing in this deceptive capsule. We still dread being without identification however.

The Unknown Identification

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The unknown cannot receive identification from its creation. All descriptions of the unknown, the true being, are eternally false. The unconscious being, lost in its delusions perceive restraint inside its temporary mind and world.

An orphan, the Supreme Being entwined in role identification appears befuddled and lost. This is not true, however, false mental concepts appear faithful, but lest not believe in dreams. Arguably, our true nature is without identification and description.  Again, one must excavate memories, half-truths, and self-deception to arrive at its true nature.  Start your walk inside the dreams and discover the creator.

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The Invisible Dragon

A Brother’s Oath

I rightly contend words

from man’s mouth.

Men not well-trained

in human kindness

I lend only an ear.

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My consciousness

normally waits

in another room.

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No measure of words convince

the heart more than actions

which proceed the beliefs.

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Religious piety, noble position,

familiarity or social

acceptability does not

cloud my assessment.274572_ce5f

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To all men who speak

kind words, I applaud you.

To all men who live

kind words, I am

your brother.

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The Invisible Dragon

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1st photo: “mírame – look at me” – by ruurmo

2nd photo: “Awareness…” – by carf