In today’s quest Rizen awakened a level of gratitude that opened up his heart to how beautiful life is right now. He shares with you today a story about an awakening he had while washing dishes and how this changed his perspective on everything. The key to a happy and fulfilling life is learning how to practice gratitude on a daily basis despite you current situation or circumstance. There is always something to be grateful for and the more we allow ourselves to live from that vibration the more things we will attract to be grateful for. Here is today’s quest
“Ahh hot tamales!” Rizen exhaled as the burning hot water from the running sink made contact with his skin. He was washing his dishes and for the past couple weeks his mother was attempting to persuade him and make him wash the pile of dishes. “There not even my dishes, I always wash my own..” He would always comment back and occasionally he would wash the full load but usually he would go with, “I’m too busy and my work is my priority right now.” But for some reason something different happened today. For lunch he made a “Rizen Souporsalad” Filled with veggies. Greens, and proteins.. If you didn’t notice the pun “Souporsalad” is meant to sound like “Supersalad” He is reminded of a time his grandma said yes to that question. Anyways during this time he was feeling great…amazing in fact he had a wonderful morning at the gym, ate a wonderful acai bowl for breakfast, did 3 hours of studying for his coaching material, and now he is enjoying his lunch. “Damn my life is so beautiful right now, I am so blessed.” He thought to himself and he started to just take notice of all his blessings. “I have a home I feel safe in, my parents are still alive, I have dream career that is building up, I have a car, food, some money, loving dogs, wonderful friends..” He went on and on until he was almost put to tears by how happy he was with this moment. What really brought the tears was a saying the buddha would tell, “Look at everything as if it was on fire.” He would then tell a story about a lady to knocked over a cup and it broke. Instead of being upset she said, “the cup was already broken.” See what Rizen realized was that all of this has already perished. All his friends, family, and environment. Even in this now moment has become a new now moment. The flow of time never stops. Everything is temporary. So when Rizen would go over his blessings he would feel a deeper sense of gratitude because he knows it is all passing. He thinks about when he is older…in his 30’s.. 40’s..even 70’s. How will his life be then? Who would still be with him? Even upon death? “life is trippy man…all we have is love” he reminds himself wiping tears of his face. The Japanese would explain the bitter-sweetness of every moment. The beautiful romance we have with this life but the bitterness of it all ending. As he dove into this realization he felt more bliss. He admits when he first practiced this exercise he would become sad and not want things to end but as he matured his consciousness he started to accept and appreciate. This is where pure gratitude comes in. Gratitude is the full appreciation of this NOW moment. When you take the time to really analyze your life and count your blessings you will be surprised how precious and beautiful your life is. Despite your circumstance or position when we realize all of it has already ended. That our time here is limited and we never know how much time we have with the people around us. It gives us perspective and awareness. It allows us to open up our heart and all these “problems” become less relevant. We can learn to trust and enjoy the ride. Simple? Yes. Difficult? Yes.
It takes practice to fully feel the constant bliss of gratitude. The reason is we have made worrying a habit. We live in a society that runs off fear. Most people don’t even think about death or dying. Even when they do it frightens them. Why? I believe most people don’t actually fear death but more so never truly living. Not accomplishing or reaching their fullest potential. I challenge you to not be one of these people. Alan Watts would say “If there are two things you should think it about it is death and what happens if you would go to sleep and never wake up.” Death can be contemplated in a healthy way and when it is the flip side of it is gratitude. Pure loving awareness and gratitude for all that you have right now. Appreciate it. All of it. Every piece of food. Every hug. Every smile you get. Every person you love. Every friend. Dog. Bird. Every breath you can take. Every step. Every moment and experience. Fully embrace it and enjoy the ride. This Rizen says will grant you what you are looking for.
Much love and gratitude. We appreciate and love you guys. We acknowledge anyone reading this right now. You are on the right path. 555. Stay RIZEN and be GRATEFUL.