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June 25th, 2008

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04:47 pm - Thank you for everything.
The story is told about a woman Zen master named Sono who taught one very simple method of enlightenment. She advised everyone who came to her to adopt an affirmation to be said many times a day, under all conditions. The affirmation was, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.”

Many people from all arenas of life came to Sono for healing. Some were in physical pain; others were emotionally distraught; others had financial troubles; some were seeking soul liberation. No matter what their distress or what question they asked her, her response was the same: “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.” Some people went away disappointed; others grew angry; others tried to argue with her. Yet some people took her suggestion to heart and began to practice it. Tradition tells that everyone who practiced Sono's mantra found peace and healing.

Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.

Originally found at http://tribes.tribe.net/healthyself/thread/9a115c9c-253b-418c-a015-8006789506fe

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Date:June 25th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm working on cultivating this sort of mindset. I'm going to be homeless/nomadic starting next week in a more real sense then ever before (no idea at all where I will be sleeping, as opposed to having to move a lot), and I'm looking at this as an opportunity to be completely vulnerable and open to whatever the universe has to offer me.

I don't know if I can pull it off, but at least I have a healthy way to approach it all.

Though, I will suggest that if people are seriously considering this kind of mantra, to change the second sentence to something positive. The brain tends to ignore the word "no" most of the time, which leads to people hearing the word "complaint" more than anything else in that sentence. Maybe something like:

"Thank you for everything. I am satisfied with all that I have."
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Date:June 26th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
A nice modification!
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Date:June 26th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
This practice is essentially naikan...
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Date:June 26th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)

Having a hard time lately accepting some new physical realities. This will help.

Date:June 26th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
A wonderful teaching. Thanks for everything, and no complaints here. :-)
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Date:June 26th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. Thanks.
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Date:June 26th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.

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