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Gratitude Before Everything

Thanks to meditation, I have nearly always lived, and therefore always taught, that if you can really say “thank you” to everything, and everyone, then you can really feel your freedom. In the feeling of gratitude is the antidote to the constantly-wanting mind; the absence of “craving” and evaluating the “good” or “bad” of what you are getting or not getting from an experience or an effort or a person, that space without craving is actually the space of new possibilities. The mind that checks and evaluates nearly always finds some deficiency. Right there, the trap snaps shut on our mind, even if only just a corner of it.

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