So much of our life is "doing". But there is also so much joy just in "being". On these pages I will be sharing my own inspirations from my Buddhist practice, relevant to anyone of any tradition or of no particular tradition at all. We'll explore the wonder of simply being alive and how we can find more delight in this "one wild and precious life".
June 21, 2017. ON GRATITUDE: "Katannuta". It is the Sanskrit word for "gratitude", from KATA: what's been done to/for one and ANNUTA: to recognize/to know. So, "recognizing or knowing what has been to one for one's benefit". It is a kind of receiving, and it is cognitive. We are recognizing and we are appreciating. According to Buddhist legend, Sakyamuini Buddha sat under a tree, as Siddhartha, and vowed not to move until he saw Reality as it really was. Until he awakened or woke up. A "Buddha" is "one who is awake", and as a Buddha the first thing he did, according to the legend, was to stand and gaze at the tree, for several days, in gratitude for sheltering him. He saw the tree as a living being and he was grateful to the tree. Imagine if we recognized all the sheltering we have received in our growth, and if we gazed on it all with appreciation. How might we be more grateful? Happy Summer Solstice! Katannuta.