Now that we have a lot of time for ourselves to reflection, be more mindful, and prioritize what is truly important to us in this period, it is also an opportunity to express gratitude. The Buddha emphasizes the important of mindfulness or awareness – being self-aware and aware of our surroundings. With mindfulness, we begin to understand what there is to be grateful for as well. Fostering gratitude in our daily lives can help us practice mindfulness. Being grateful of the small things is important because as the Buddha teaches, we do not know how much time we have left and thus should use it wisely. We should not put things off (like building/mending relationships, acting with kindness and compassion). The present is always the right time to act. One of the ways we can do this is through gratitude by taking a step back, and seeing what is in front of us (what we are privileged with). This is ultimately focusing on the positive aspects of our lives and even though this may seem like a negative time to be in, there are always things we can celebrate. Here is a video I found interesting and possibly helpful for others in the midst of the virus. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. Yes, great post, Louisa. We don’t always think about the actions we can take to try to bring about greater happiness, contentment, and joy. Bringing gratitude to mind is a great way to remember the kindness of others and to begin to move out of a more self-centered approach and toward an other-centered focus. While we definitely do not want to neglect self-care, caring for others often brings meaning into our lives in unexpected ways. I really appreciate your post!

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