When you talk about the year 2020 then the first thought that you might get about this year is COVID- 19 and the spread of this virus. This pandemic literally changed the whole world and how people live their lives. I actually went for a used car in South Africa just so that I could avoid taking the public transport to work because I needed to reduce the risk of getting infected. Sitting in your own car with anyone to share the space with is something that reduces the risk considerably, do you agree?
The Buddha said: Develop meditation on appreciative joy, for when you develop meditation on appreciative joy, any discontent will be abandoned. (MN 62) It is not uncommon to experience discontent. There are so many things we can feel we are lacking in our lives, so many things in the world not going the way we would wish, and so much with which we can find fault. Or we can move in the other direction, cataloging and celebrating what is good and right in our experience, especially when we seek out and notice when good fortune comes to other people. Get in the habit of taking note of the positive experiences of people around you and match it with an attitude of appreciation and wishing them well for their good fortune. Appreciative joy is not about rejoicing in your own situation but recognizing and appreciating the blessings experienced by others. If you do this, there will be endless opportunities for feeling good about things and no room for discontent. www.reddingzen.com