Blog entry by Alan Chapman
The less we have, the more grateful we are.
Those living without food, drink and shelter, are immensely grateful for:
- a cave.
Those living close to his or her own death, for any reason, are immensely grateful for:
- being alive,
- every moment.
Gratitude at this basic level prompts a sense of abundance if the availability of essentials such as food, drink and shelter improves.
Gratitude, becoming a sense of abundance, happens for many people who experience a near-death illness, accident or disintegration, and who subsequently recover so that they are not so close to death.
Life - every moment - can become intensely abundant when we have faced our own dying.
We are more grateful for life and what sustains us when we have experienced life-threatening deprivations and traumas.
Other paths to peace are available :)
In the context of what humans understand about time and life, actually we are all very close to death, from the moment we are conceived. Life for most people - especially for those who live very comfortably - is basically an illusion, sustained by a denial of one's mortality, and humankind's systemic inventions that condition, distract and sedate us, and yet which also make us ill, and ultimately help to kill us.
And so I'm very grateful for my traumas, disintegrations and ongoing recovery, to have let go nearly everything of what I once had, and nearly everything of who I once was.
Dandelions, rainwater, a cave...
Every moment of more than this, wanting to live rather than to die.
I am grateful for this abundance.