In his new book, The Endless Practice, Mark Nepo suggests a paradoxical unity in two apparently contradictory activities: asking for what we need and accepting what we’re given.
“Asking for what we need is a practice in being present and visible that lets us become intimate with our own nature. Accepting what we’re given is a practice in being present to everything beyond us that lets us become intimate with the nature of life.” (p. 59)
Listening to what we want/need connects us intimately/respectfully with ourselves. Letting loved ones know what we want/need connects us intimately/vulnerably with them. Noticing what we have, with a grateful heart, connects us intimately/joyfully with life.
Listening, disclosing, thanking – beautiful ways of saying yes to relationship at all levels.
Please and thank you come together. Gratitude infuses every request. Having happens.
Happy Thanks-giving. Happy having.