Observing Self Discipline in others as well as practicing it in my own daily life. Self Discipline keeps bringing me back to gratitude. Go figure. When I observe it, I feel great appreciation for that person and the essence of the will involved. When I am self disciplined, I am humbled and grateful to make that choice.
Today I learned that Stephen Levine passed. His compassionate work in the world has had a profound impact on my life. In his honor, I share the following:
“Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our “sympathetic joy”, our happiness at another’s happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn’t stop there. We begin to feel a growing sense of gratitude for whatever happiness, great or small, that comes to those around us.
Practicing gratitude increases our appreciation for life. It brings balance to those parts of the self that have cultivated attachment to our suffering, causing us to feel victimized be life, making God’s imagined dial tone all too appealing. Although we might suspect that gratitude would cause us to tarry, to grasp at more, it actually potentiates our letting go into life and death with an open heart.
Gratitude is the highest form of acceptance. Like patience, it is one of the catalytic agents, one of the alchemist’s secrets, for turning dross to gold, hell to heaven, death to life.”
It is my life’s experience that what he wrote is profoundly true. I am choosing to use my Self Discipline to stay in gratitude.