Saturday, April 18, 2009

Gratitude practice

I loved this response to a friend's query on Facebook asking for suggestions to help her to stop brooding about the past and fretting over the future. Sean Keilen gave me permission to quote him:
I have a few suggestions. Doughnuts. Risotto. Wines from Alto Adige. Shakespeare's Sonnets. Yellow socks. Wit. The TLS. Hanami. Old photos. Arts and Crafts houses. 30 Rock. Lost. Wisteria and lilac. Lemons and limoncello. Coffee. Arrested Development. Impersonations. Public parks. Movies. Northern California. Latin. Southern California. Fountain pens. Bird's nests. A soft bed. Morning light. Moonshine. Also: Django Reinhardt. Cy Twombly. Andrew Goldsworthy. Rachel Whiteread. Jenny Holzer. The Master of the Embroidered Foliage. Blossom Dearie. Italo Calvino. W.H. Auden. Rachel Podger. Sophie Mutter. Tennis. Showmanship. Phaleristics.
MJ Ryan speaking on gratitude practice suggests looking at whats right with one's self and the world by noticing three good things (blessings) about the world and self and everyday asking yourself "What three good things happened to me in my life today? What was my part in it?". In doing so we connect to our inner and outer resources and there fore more satisfied with our lives. Joy broadens our attention and cognitive capacity.
breathing out is generosity
breathing in is fullness

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