Thursday, November 22, 2007


How to Cope with Pain is now offering a monthly Pain-Blog Carnival during the last week of every month, to include each month's best posts. November's carnival is now posted. New bloggers are always welcome to contribute.

As part of How to Cope with Pain's November "Thanksgiving" blog carnival I am reposting this inspiring video. Alissa has much to give thanks for in her remarkable recovery and the family friends and dedicated therapists who guided her along the way.

Click on this link to see what other bloggers have to say about "Giving Thanks"

http://www.howtocopewithpain.org/blog/162/giving-thanks/

Wikipedia talks about Gratitude - thanksgiving. I though you might like to know about this from a Buddhist point of view.

The Pali word which we translate in English as gratitude is katannuta. The word katannuta consists of two parts: kata which means that which has been done, especially that which has been done to one, to oneself, and annuta which means knowing or recognising. So katannuta means knowing or recognizing what has been done to one, that is to say knowing and recognising what has been done to one for one's benefit. Hence the connotation of the Pali word is rather different from its English equivalent. The connotation of the English gratitude is rather more emotional (we feel gratitude, feel grateful, etc.) but the connotation of katannuta is rather more intellectual, more cognitive. It makes it clear that what we call gratitude involves an element of knowledge - knowledge of what has been done to us or for us for our benefit. If we do not know that something has benefited us, we will not feel gratitude.

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