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The Warmth of Gratitude

The Warmth of Gratitude.

When we measure happiness based on material wealth, we miss the importance it plays in living a grateful life.

Today, Kathy and I discussed how the ordinary is in the extraordinary. It is there. When we pause, it reveals itself. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote about being present and mindful when drinking tea is an act of gratitude. We are grateful for the work that created the tea, the cup, the pot, the energy, etc.

Emmanuel Levinas proposed ethics as an event preceding and succeeding this particular time and place. In this sense, space knows no  temporal and spatial boundaries. I am grateful for what preceded this moment in drinking tea, what succeeds this moment, and the gift sent from many places by others who are taking responsibility for my tea drinking without knowing me.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. gratitude for reminding me
    to remember 🙂

  2. Being present and mindful in everyday moments is something I’m learning more and more as each day in retirement passes by. Just sitting watching the breeze blow the rose bushes outside my balcony wall has to be one of my favourite times of day. There’s a gentleness and love in the way the wind caresses each branch and flower that most people would never even see as they rush from task to social outing to work to sport etc.

    There REALLY is a truth in ‘taking the time to smell the roses’ that I really appreciate now.

    Being able to appreciate the ordinary moments in our lives really becomes extraordinary when we’re forced to change our hectic lives down to the basic simple tasks of living mindfully.

  3. Reblogged this on New Bloggy Cat and commented:
    A purrrrrfect lesson on being in the moment! ツ

  4. Drinking tea this very moment; I should write “savouring” tea! Thanks for the reminder to slow down, stay in the moment, and recall and extend gratitude.

  5. I am learning this via drinking a cup of tea with Anthony every day at the nursing home. It has become 10 minutes of pure joy!

  6. In the neuroscience lab minks meditating on loving kindness gratitude, purely altruistic without regard for reward light up the left prefrontal,cortex the brightest

    Helping others makes us feel the best about ourselves.

    Counterintuitive when we chase desires at all cost


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