Do You Have a Gratitude Attitude?

Are you challenged expressing gratitude in your life?  Do you have a gratitude attitude?

Following is a Zen story by Oho, which was shared in the May 2021 issue of Science of Mind.  Notice the gratitude attitude expressed by the Zen woman!

Cherry Blossom And The Misty Moon

It happened about a very famous Zen woman, her name was Rengetsu…. Very few women have attained to the Zen ultimate. This one is one ofDo You Have a Gratitude Attitude? those rare women.

She was on a pilgrimage, and she came to a village at sunset and begged for lodging for the night, but the villagers slammed their doors. They were against Zen. Zen is so revolutionary, so utterly rebellious, that it is very difficult to accept it. By accepting it you are going to be transformed; by accepting it you will be passing through a fire, you will never be the same again.

So traditional people have always been against ALL that it true in religion. Tradition is all that is untrue in religion. So those must have been traditional Buddhists in the town, and they didn’t allow this woman to stay in the town; they threw her out. It was a cold night, and the old woman with no lodging… and hungry. She had to make a cherry tree in the fields her shelter. It was really cold, and she could not sleep well. And it was dangerous too — wild animals and all.

At midnight she awoke — because of too much cold — and saw, as it were, in the spring night sky, the fully opened cherry blossoms laughing to the misty moon.

Overcome with the beauty, she got up and made a reverence in the direction of the village:

“Through their kindness in refusing me lodging I found myself beneath the blossoms on the night of this misty moon.”

Expressing gratitude is a choice you make — regardless of your circumstances.

A gratitude attitude happens when you decide to stop thinking about what you don’t have and start looking for what you can be grateful for in your life.

Do you think for a moment that you have a right to be ungrateful for the things that happen in your life?  It didn’t matter what you may have a right to do!  What mattered is your attitude about it.

Honestly, we all have a choice:  Live life in misery or decide to be grateful.  Ups and downs do happen in life, but we have the choice to live in gratitude through it all!

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