My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cultivating Gratitude through Mindfulness

One of my favorite sessions was by Gregg Krech on Naikan: The Japanese Art of Cultivating Gratitude through Mindfulness & Self-Reflection. The word Naikan means "inside looking" or "inside observation". The method of self-reflection is primarily based on three questions:
1. What have I received from others in the past 24 hours?
2. What have I given to others in the past 24 hours?
3. What troubles and difficulties have I caused others in the past 24 hours?

Much to consider as we discussed all the many ways we had received and given in the past 24 hours. Those I spoke with inluding myself left with a renewed sense of appreciation and realizing that we were receiving much more than we were giving. He stated, three of the greatest obstacles to gratitude are:  Self-preoccupation, Expectation, and Entitlement.   His link is:

Simple gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy this time with Steve, walk on the beautiful Torrey Pines Trail, and enjoy the sound of the ocean nearby. 
We loved running each morning. 
We loved walking along LaJolla by the beach and in the town.
I could have listened to Greg Krech for much longer than his 2-hour presentation.  It was excellent and much to ponder and appreciate.   
Some of the quotes he left us with:
If the only prayer you say in your entire life is 'thank you' that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

But really what on earth does the world owe you when it comes down to it?
Absolutely nothing.
Everything is given to you.  Even the fact that you are here is a gift.  You didn't bring yourself here, you didn't buy this life.  How did you get here?  It's all a gift.
David Steindl-Rast

Your experience of life is not based on your ife, but on what you pay attention to.

I was grateful to attend this seminar and left lifted and indeed full of gratitude.


RP said...

Have you seen the movie 'I Am'?

I saw it yesterday afternoon. Highly recommend. Goes right along with your post today.


Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I saw "I Am", too, and thought it had a great message. So glad you had fun at the conference and in sunny La Jolla. Hope you are re-oriented to being home now!

Fran said...

I grew up in San Diego. Torrey Pines is my old stomping ground! I love love love La Jolla. We're having our family reunion there in June. I'll think of you then!