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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Do NOT Force Gratitude...

A fool on Instagram

(making him an Insta-fool)

well-meaning but mistaken

insisted that the act of occasionally wishing

we had made different choices in the past

was a spiritual indictment

pointing to a deficiency in gratitude.

Such nonsense

was never taught by the Buddha,

such nonsense

sounds spiritual

but it is NOT,

it sounds helpful and beneficial

but it is the opposite.

Upon the Buddha’s path

of mindfulness meditation

we do NOT choose emotion

we do NOT force gratitude.

For as noble as that might sound,

to the untrained,

forcing ourselves to feel gratitude

for missteps taken

or misfortunes endured

undermines our mindfulness

and causes our neurosis to multiply

like amorous bunnies

in the spring time.

As we breath-in,

upon the Buddhist path

of mindfulness

we exercise the courage

to vulnerably notice

whatever emotion we feel

no matter how grotesque it may be.

And as we breathe out

we choose to relax

into our exhalation

which induces us

to release.

Buddha’s path of release

is NOT fueled

by belief

or affirmation

BUT rather by relaxation:


and surrendered,

and complete.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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