Appreciating the People Who Help Make a Wedding Happen

13 Jul

In the tradition practiced at Deer Park, there are five contemplations read before each meal. Two of them deal explictly with gratitude:

“This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard work.”
“May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.”

If even the simplest meal is the gift of so many, imagine the gifts– emotional, physical, and financial– that allow us to enjoy even the simplest wedding. We can use the same contemplations for our wedding:

This wedding is a gift of numerous living beings and much hard work– family and friends, coworkers, and vendors.
May we be present in every moment with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.

Even the smallest detail, one that may seem insignificant, combines with the others to let each moment occur– approved vacation time, a photographer returning a phone call, a stranger’s smile and congratulations. Consider, in awe, all that had to come together for every moment.

Resolve to show your gratitude, through words and actions, to all around you.

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