Firstly, gratitude is a simple Bodhisattva practice that you can do each and every day. To help remind me of this practice, I have a stone near my bed that I pick up every night, reminding me to be thankful. This ‘gratitude stone’ enables me to take a few moments to say thank you to Life – and I’ve noticed that this single minute each day has helped to increase my open-heartedness greatly.
You can try the same approach and find a ‘gratitude’ stone or rock, and place it near your bedside. Alternatively, you may like to journal about the top ten things you’re grateful for each day. Being grateful is a practice rooted in science, so don’t go thinking it’s merely feel-good baloney!
Secondly, to stay motivated and inspired, find a heart-centered role model. Who inspires you? What person – mythological or not – fills you with a sense of love and respect? Some beings that come to mind include Maitreya, Tara, Quan Yin, Anandamayi Ma, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Jesus, Thich Nhat Hanh, and so on – there are many out there, both known and unknown!
Treat the person or being you gravitate toward as your Bodhisattva role model. And most of all, notice how their qualities are already there within you. If they weren’t, how else could you recognize and appreciate them? What a precious gift!
Once we see our individual Soul’s purpose as an intrinsic part of the health of the planet, what we do has deeper and GREATER meaning and importance.
This is not just wishful thinking. The reality is that the earth is in a dire and perilous place. Humanity is on a dark path of self-destruction. When we walk the path of the Bodhisattva, we create the ripples of change that this world so desperately needs.
What does being a Bodhisattva mean to you on your path? I’d love to hear below.
Written by: Aletheia Luna Originally appeared on: Lonerwolf.com Republished with permission