Hello to the wonderful Open Heart Project community.
As we in the U.S. enter into our annual Thanksgiving, it is a great time to ponder the notion of gratitude. My friend, writer and teacher Patti Digh, has had ample opportunity in 2012 to contemplate gratitude and giving.
In the last year, her younger daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers and Patti realized she needed to shift her entire professional and creative world from one of teaching and traveling to one of teaching and staying home. She recreated her business as an online entity.
Some months ago, her husband was diagnosed with cancer and they came face to face with the fact that they had no health insurance–and all the anger, shame, and confusion that came along with admitting that. Friends started an Indiegogo campaign that promptly raised over a hundred thousand dollars and along with it, a cheering squad of thousands of loving folks.
If anyone has come face to face with need, generosity, the joy and complexity of gratitude, and the goodness of our fellow humans, it is she. In this conversation, we visit all of this.
Of course your meditation practice is custom-made to help you:
- connect with your own neediness without shame (by learning how to allow it without telling yourself stories about what it means)
- cultivate deeper reserves of generosity (which occurs naturally when you realize you know exactly how to return to inner balance and therefore there is no need to grasp onto anything)
- enter and traverse the land of gratitude with grace (which, as you will hear in our conversation, is an interesting place–part delight and part discomfort)
- acknowledge the goodness of your fellow humans (by repeatedly coming into contact with your own goodness which is unfailingly revealed every time you let go of a thought to return to the open space of the breath. Trust me on this.)
Enjoy your practice!
I’m grateful for our connection. Thank you, thank you for joining the Open Heart Project community. May it riddle your world with joy.
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