May 29, 2010

The Practice of Appreciation

My friends Amy and Anna are getting married today. I wanted to get them a toaster, but instead of presents, they asked for appreciations.

I love this gift. The process of reflecting carefully on my friends, and articulating all the taken-for-granted qualities I love about them felt deeply satisfying.

The little tags are tied onto the flowers with hot pink raffia, and each card
contains an appreciation like “I love Amy’s giggle.”

Our speech is one of the most important ways we can take into the world the lovingkindness, or metta, that we develop in meditation .

I’ve said already that mindful speech should not only be honest, but should be meant kindly. One of the most effective means of being kind in our speech and of helping others is to express appreciation of them.

This is an excellent practice.

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