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gratitude

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. - Seneca

Wishing everyone a thoughtful Thanksgiving - with Love, Light, and Laughter - Dominique

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the fear of death

by Nick Edge

When a person dies, there arises this doubt:  ‘He still exists’ say some; ‘he does not’ say others.  I want you to teach me the truth.
This is the third boon that Nachiketa asks of Yama, Lord of Death, in the Katha Upanishad. This is also the question that has driven me, and countless others, to search for answers.

From a young age I can remember being very aware of the fact that one day I would cease to exist, and this filled me with an overwhelming sense of fear. In a society that effectively denies death by keeping it behind closed doors and out of sight, those who look for answers can often feel frustrated and lost, not knowing where to turn. 
However we are not the first to ask these questions and fortunately those that have gone before us have left many clear pointers to help us on our path.
Yoga has long recognized that death, and the fear of death, are realities that have to be faced with openness and courage while we are still alive. Patanjali, in the…