gratitude

I Rescued…

I don’t know the author of this…found it on RuffStartHappyTails.org

what you practice

“What religion you practice in life isn’t that important, it’s how much you practice peace and love that really matters.”
~ Themis Eagleson

A Dog’s Life

I believe this is so very true:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Author unknown

the earth provides

Great Spirit

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.

(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)
published in Native American Prayers – by the Episcopal Church.

What we call a self…

What we call a self is actually a story about our experience of life. And we construct the story because we’re trying to give some order to what is actually a remarkably chaotic process. And then we get seduced by the seeming consistency of the story that we’ve constructed. And now, instead of just relating directly to our experience, we relate to our experience in terms of the story, and that’s where the difficulties start. One way of looking at Buddhism is as a way of learning how to relate to life without believing the stories that we come up with. And that just opens up extraordinary possibilities.

Ken McLeod, Buddhist teacher and writer

 

Our stories….my stories have had me living a small life….a fearful life…a shameful life…letting go of the stories I’ve wrapped around past hurts and trauma…weaving stories around intense emotions…making them solid and constricting. I discovered the practice of meditation about 15 years ago…I came to it during a crisis in my life when my world was falling apart and everything I thought I knew imploded…meditation helped me stay somewhat sane…at first I thought it would fix me, make the pain go away..it didn’t, it brought me closer to the pain…it took time but I realized that to heal I needed to feel it all…meditating is a tool that helps me to let go of the story, to see the suffering I put myself through…helps me to open to this life in this moment and the next.-Jen

rejoicement therapy

‎”One way to guarantee happiness, Shantideva says, is to rejoice in the good qualities of others. Not only is this an antidote for envy, it also generates warmth and brings us heartfelt joy. When we begin to appreciate the kindness and courage of others, we find pleasure everywhere. Dzigar Kongtrul calls this “rejoicement therapy.”
(From No Time To Lose)

A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

 

With gratitude I remember the many blessings in my life: the people, animals, plants, and insects — creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth;

 

With gratitude I remember the Earth that holds and sustains all life;

 

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of the generations of elders and ancestors who came before me;

 

With gratitude I remember the teachings and lessons I have been given and that I have experienced in my life;

 

With gratitude I hold in my heart my family and friends, my local and global community;

 

With gratitude I accept my measure of health and well-being and the strength I experience of mind and body;

 

With gratitude I accept the gifts I have to give — my presence, my knowledge and wisdom, my talents and resources;

 

With gratitude I am thankful for the life I have been given.

 

*Adapted from Jack Kornfield’s Meditation on Gratitude and Joy in The Awakened Heart, pps. 399-400. Bantam Dell, May 2008.

Animal Miracle Foundation

 

http://www.amfsaves.org

 

Our Mission through God’s Hand…

To effect public awareness regarding the plight of homeless animals and animal cruelty
To take part in ending the overpopulation of unwanted pets through adoption efforts, behavior education and support of spay/neuter programs

To ensure wildlife conservation and help keep our planet healthy for its animals

To teach children compassion toward animals and for one another through the love of animals

To help create joy for the elderly through hands-on interaction with pets and community involvement with their own pets
To support domestic pet and wildlife related “no kill” rescue organizations and sanctuaries

 
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