How can you develop perfect gratitude?

First of all, please try to feel that gratitude abides inside your heart. Then ask yourself whether you are the heart. The immediate answer will be, “One minute a day.” The rest of the time, you are the mind or you are the body or you are the vital. But if you can feel that you are the heart, not just for a fleeting second or a fleeting minute, but twenty-four hours a day, if you can feel the presence of your heart as your own existence, then easily you will have gratitude, since gratitude lives inside the heart.

Now, how can you increase your gratitude? If you have that capacity to feel that you are the heart, try to feel that your heart is constantly becoming large, larger, largest. It is like the father whose salary is constantly increasing. He used to get fifty dollars a week, now he is getting one hundred dollars, and soon he will be getting two hundred dollars. In the same way, the capacity of your heart is constantly increasing. Now, the child of the heart is gratitude. When the father becomes richer, the child also automatically becomes richer because he knows that his father’s property belongs to him as well. If his father becomes a multimillionaire, then in time his father’s wealth goes to him. So when the heart is all the time expanding, when its capacity is all the time increasing, gratitude .is also increasing and growing in capacity.

- Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-3, No. 4

anonymous asked:

I like to think that all the elves from Valinor were a bit naive to the world. Living sheltered lives before arriving to Middle Earth. Which is why I think Maedhros just agreed to meer Morgoth. He was taught diplomacy & negotiation & naively assumed that Morgoth still abided by this being a Vala and all. It must have been a slap in face for him when instead Morgoth went, “Lol…no. We aint in Valinor any more” It must have been a reality check for alot of people actually. Even Fingolfin’s people w

(cont.) who crossed the ice must have been like “Woah, here it’s just as treacherous as the ice” But I think for Maedhros especially since not only was he tortured, but I feel that at the beginning like his brothers got swept up in the passion and just assumed it’d be a noble quest of getting the silmarils back, I doubt he ever could have imagine what kinds of life he’d live and actions he’d take.

But I still can’t fathom why on Earth he visited Morgoth after what he did to his family. No amount of naivety from his Valinorian upbringing can excuse that mistake in my opinion. That’s where I believe the Oath primarily took over—due to the fact that all logic was thrown out of the window.

I understand what you’re saying, but Maedhros’s decisions still make no sense to me.

This was the Vala who poisoned his father’s mind which almost caused him to kill Fingolfin, and caused the Feanorians to be banished, and then stole the Silmarils while killing Finwe. He did all of that just to get the Silmaril, and Maedhros thinks he’ll give it up that easily?

I put his actions in the category of things from the Silm that just don’t add up

I Am!

I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes—
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

-John Clare, published in 1848, written while committed to the Northampton County Lunatic Asylum

i kno i said i was gonna write more Jensard stuff but i have to clean my room before i settle in for some real writing and i really dont want to do that so i’m procrastinating 

earlier today i was thinking about Adam & Charlie getting married which is new, like i’ve always thought about their future - they gonna grow old together, be constantly on the run from the Illuminati, be like robin hoods and help other ppl who are trying to escape their control, be some grizzled but compassionate and very much in love old people. but i never planned to have them get ‘married’ like i don’t think either of them would really be the people who would care about that kind of thing

but then i realized that hell yeah they would, both of them. Adam cause inside he’s secretly really traditional and has this deep abiding need for ‘normality’ and stability and fears losing the ppl he loves, and Charlie cause she appreciates and values ritualized/symbolic actions and would love nothing more than to take a vow of devotion to Adam.

so i pretty much think events of the game are taking us to San Francisco re: VersaLife/Megan/Bob/the Earthquake and i think Adam & Charlie leave Europe to head back to the states. but before they go to SF they stop back in Detroit. Because it’s their home. Adam is going to visit his parents, and they both want to see their friends Malik & Pritchard. By this point they’ve both lost and found each other a thousand times, they’ve both nearly died (or completely died in Adam’s case) and have been changed so fundamentally together, they’ve been torn apart and reunited halfway across the world and while they aren’t naive enough to think that some stupid vow will prevent that from happening again - being together again, and around all this domesticity, experiencing so vividly what is at stake, what they could have and what they could lose…. they feel the need to do something

so one cool, sunny morning they go to the Detroit courthouse. Malik hooks them up with some rings - simple, made from salvaged SI augs, and she and Pritchard come along as witnesses and it’s just the sweetest most precious pure thing they stand there facing each other and holding hands and beaming (Pritchard’s never seen Jensen smile like that) because for once in their lives they are doing something that normal people do, something peaceful. a commitment, a plan for the future that they are more determined than ever to fight for. and no matter what happens to them in the future, nothing can take away this moment where they stood in the courthouse and said I do, they will always be a union, married, husband & wife until they both are dead and buried

mostly i’m just obsessed with Charlie Winters-Jensen *dreamy sigh while writing it over and over again in the back of my notebook*

edit to add: o my fucking god and then they leave the courthouse and go straight to the cemetery and Charlie kneels at her mom’s headstone with Adam by her side and says through tears “I’m married, momma…. wish you could meet him“

*shrieking sobs*

i will always remember that one time (my first years on tumblr…) i called out an artist for their sexist genderbending (at the time i didnt know what transphobia was, i didnt even know I was trans) of bruce wayne. it was nice & all but there was a comment how “because she’s not as strong as bruce, her fighting style is different, relies more on agility etc” (i dont remember exact words but it was the idea) and i commented like “ok i think its interesting to have a different fighting style but why isnt she as strong as bruce?” and i might have been more heated than polite, but more or less my comment was ignored and i was flagged as being insensitive/insulting or whatever (ppl yelled at me). ‘cause the thing implied there is that she’s not as strong BECAUSE she’s a woman. which is sexist. like. you could have at least pretended by saying “she wants to abid to social norms to be conventionally attractive for her millionaire persona so she cant bulk up like bruce, and so she finds another way to kick ass” but not it was just “hhhhhm???? well she’s just not as strong, thats it” and UGH i wish i had the words to say that properly back then, sometimes i think back on it and im upset


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