Everyday Thanksgiving: January 2014

This is my monthly download of my daily gratitude practice. I have been doing this for over a year and a half now, and I have seen tremendous changes in my life. Sometimes the changes aren’t the ones I envisioned, but overall I am grateful for the new trajectory I’m on.

January 2014

Thank you for Legoland Hotel’s bunkbeds with a separate television set; Shamu smiles; Sunsets at Meditation Mount in Ojai Valley; spending all day at the pool in January; roadtrips with Tara Brach CDs.IMG_0992

Thank you for a wonderful interview with Richard Rohr; upcoming interviews with Scott Kriens and Marc Brakett; the goodwill of our PTA president; a heartfelt lunch with a fellow life coach; Jesus as a meditator.

Thank you for “abiding as the stream of love”; “I am that am I”; palindromes; Eckarte Tolle’s uncovering of the ego; non-reactivity; “they hate me when I’m Buddhist, but they love me when I’m the buddha.”

Thank you for the eternal Dharma; getting into shape; basketball with other out of shape fathers; the kind scheduler at City of Cupertino; Hotpot meals.

Thank you for Jumanji; authentic relationships; dinner with my sister-in-law; my nephew’s magic tricks; self-love born from authenticity.

Thank you for granulated emotions; increasing emotional bandwidth in boys; micro-moments of silence; The Sounds of Silence; the sound of compassion.

Thank you for Rick Hanson’s day-long seminar on the Neurology of Awakening; Woodacre; a beautiful lunch with awaken souls; mushroom sandwiches; the scent of fresh orange peels.

Thank you for my older son saying, “You’re part enlightened, but you still get angry”; ceasing to control and manipulate my experience; Roma’s hospitality; Spiritual NVC;  “Most people don’t see things as they are; they see things as THEY are.” ~Richard Rohr

Thank you for Fierce Gentlemen’s email reminding me to practice gratitude; my empathy buddy, Oliver; Cathy Lu for helping me schedule my talk; the thought that we are all neurons in God’s brain and the neurotransmitters are love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

IMG_1028Thank you for Skyping with Rarasaur; Goldfish’s courage; No Drama at Everyday Gurus; a comment from Dianne Gray; Kenny Johnson.

Thank you for kale and chicken wraps; how cute Jett’s crushes are; a birthday play date with cousins; the wonderful and generous Vitamix salesperson at Costco; Costco.

Thank you for learning iAuthor; a new book idea; calm parenting; not taking things personally; Loving what is.

Thank you for less aversion every day; abiding in meditation; Steve Bearman’s enlightenment; another Satsang with Adya; a peaceful and compassionate conversation with my cousin.

Thank you for my brother’s hospitality and advice; transformational counseling; dancing without shame; noticing defenses to shame; matta latte.

Thank you for naked counseling; authenticity leading to unconditional love; kinetic sand; Greens Take Out sandwiches; an argument that ended in love.

Thank you for writable CDs; The Work by Byron Katie; the photos of Alison; finding what takes me away from enlightenment since we are all already there; Adya’s Sangha.

Thank you for Rara’s thoughtfulness; Rara’s baby brother; the miracles of unconditional love; Fuji apples; blue jello.

Thank you for Drew’s courage and wisdom; vulnerability leading to acceptance; Fox rubbing my neck while he sleeps; Jett becoming more independent; loving what is.

Thank you for the seminar on the Neuroscience of Adolescence with Dan Siegel; Dr. Siegel agreeing to an interview; arugula, brie, and ham sandwiches; teachers around the world; the gentleness of horses.

IMG_0979Thank you for realizing that my sons are wise teachers; seeing my life as a whole; loving those who hurt others; Adyashanti’s perspective on unenlightening ourselves; Byron Katie’s courage and authenticity.

Thank you for trampoline birthday parties; Fox’s joy; teaching my son about neuroscience; in-assurance to replace insurance; seeing friends everyday.

Thank you for Anita Moorjani’s Near Death Experience; Barbara Fredrickson’s study of love; the Vagus Nerve; touching my chest everyday; heartfelt words and touches.

Thank you for Fox’s first Kung Fu class; the insightful interview with Marvin Maurer; bitter melon; ideas of a men’s group; Scott Kriens getting back to me.


Thank you for reading, smiling, and/or sharing.


26 comments on “Everyday Thanksgiving: January 2014

  1. Professions for PEACE says:

    Beautiful post Kozo! What a fun list. 🙂 Your shining gratitude warms my heart and adds cheer to my day. Thank you my friend. Big happy hugs, Gina

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Thanks, Gina. I make the list to keep me positive, so I’m amazed that it has the power to affect others. Glad it brought some cheer because your blog always brings me cheer and heartfeltness. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  2. I find it also important to be grateful, I just do at the end of the day.

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    This post made me tear up. Your ability to see everything, small and large, and sum it up in terms of the big picture and showing thanks is something I needed to see. This was a positive in the face of a lot of negativity I am dealing with now.

    Thank you for being you and sharing with us. ❤

  4. What a beautiful rush of gratitude and love. Thank you!

  5. I love your gracefulness posts. They make me smile from the inside out. thank you Kozo! 😀 Xx

  6. seeker says:

    Hear, hear, to the children! The best teacher ever. Thank you.

  7. Just beautiful…it’s crazy when you start paying attention, how much there is to life, to one day and even one hour. Thank you for the reminder …as always. Peace.

  8. Beautiful post. And a wonderful practice. You have encouraged me to start doing the same. I will try to write a passage on being grateful every day in my journal.

  9. My friend, you, your family and your friends– touch my heart deeply. Just wanted to let you know. {{{Hugs}}}

  10. Thank you for you ❤
    That photo of Jett is adorable.
    I find myself these days giving thanks for things that have not yet manifest. It's very powerful. And for what is of course.
    Blessings to you my friend.
    (((((Hugs))))) Alison

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I’m thankful for your beautiful and insightful coffee table book that is coming out in the future, Alison. Can’t wait to brag to people who see the courageous photos that I know the authors. {{{hugs}}} kozo

  11. rarasaur says:

    *hugs* I love these so much.

  12. Sun says:

    hey Kozo! your boys…getting so big, so fast. thanks again for another encouraging moment. i think my hunger makes my eyes gravitate straight to every food item you list here. Hotpot meal. that sounds real yummy. take care and ☼hugs

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