A Transformative Word from the Ottoman Empire on How to Have the Abundance of Life…

While at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York recently, I revisited the remarkable sign that sits at the threshold of Omega’s serene Sanctuary, a quiet meditation space in the woods:

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

 

Kanaat is an attitude of appreciation towards all that one meets in life based on knowing that you have.

Humbleness, gratitude, and love are the three keys that unlock the door to Kanaat.

If you have Kanaat, one day you will also have the abundance of life.

 

In this expansive view, there is no need to name what we have, or worry that we don’t have; we have only to find our way to “knowing that we have.” Humbleness, gratitude and love are the paths to feeling something so extraordinary…

…knowing that we have…

 

 

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums

Images from the Illustrated Manuscript of An`am-i Sharif (Prayer Book) in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, c. 1790 (Ottoman period).  Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

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