Thursday, December 10, 2020

December 10--Already

We already have everything we need.  --Pema Chodron

    Can you say "yes" to today's quote? In general, we are already abundantly blessed, but it's human nature to desire to do, be and have more. I don't think that is a bad thing--we come here to expand in every way. 
    This quote brings up the focus issue. If we stay zoned in on always having what we need, we will continue to have everything we need. If we focus on what we don't have, we'll continue to notice lack all around us. 
    Gratitude is a key to staying focused on being fully supplied in every way. A friend this past week hooked me up with an article by Diana Butler Bass wherein she looks at the following Bible verse:
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
    This begins with a very big little word: "In." This means in all circumstances, at all times, give thanks. It does not say "For everything..." We often, at least mentally, misquote it this way, telling ourselves we should be grateful FOR everything. Well, that's bullshit. I'm not grateful for Covid, or having all trips cancelled this past year, or for losing loved ones, or political corruption, or racism, or any other crap that 2020 has piled on us. I have, however, throughout the year been grateful to be alive in all these circumstances, to witness the chaos that I believe is birthing a new way of being. 
    Let's not burden ourselves with the additional stress of trying to force ourselves to be grateful FOR everything. What a relief!

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