Today’s gratitude meditation took me on a wonderful journey throughout revisiting my entire seasonal year, and giving a nod to my accomplishments, and a hug to all those things I have had to lay aside or place upon the proverbial ‘back burner’. I was given a gentle and simple reminder: Give gratitude for an Earth that is tilted at just the right angle, in order to give us our seasons.
These words are from the wise and gentle Zen Master Nissim Amon: “Zen monasteries are always deep in the mountains, residing in nature. The four seasons are very distinct in Japan and Korea. Winters are cold, there is snow, everything freezes and you can actually walk on water.
Winter – a perfect time for meditation, for reflecting, for waiting, for relaxing oneself, for finding the gap between the thoughts. In Springtime, the snow melts and there are new sounds and smells on the air.
Summer is hot. The Summer in the monastery, is when it is difficult to sit, you sweat. Autumn is when the leaves turn red and maroon and yellow and brown, dancing in the forest, covering everything. So beautiful.
Four beautiful seasons, teaching us the constant change and flow of nature. Meditating in nature, you learn so much.
There once was a very wise man in China, emperors used to consult with him. His day job was as a boat man, taking people across the river. People used to ask him, how do you know so much? He answered, everything I know, the river has taught me.
Being part of nature, accepting the flow. Like the water flows through the landscape, down the mountain, you too let everything flow through you. Do not try to grab anything. Do not try to hold it. Just let it go, and things will go their own way.
Open your heart, knowing, loving, being part of nature. Rejoicing. Thank you Louie (Schwartzberg), and Mentors Channel, for this wonderful gratitude program. Let gratitude ease the gateway to enter becoming one with the One. I am holding my palms together to all of you, in Gratitude.”
We are blessed to live in a world of changing seasons with special gifts in each one. Be grateful for change, for newness, for differences, and for the miraculous dependability of the ever changing world.
Quote of the Day:
“In the depth of winter, I have finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus
As I stay in gratitude for the change of seasons, I welcome change in my life.