Self independence and gratitude to others

Meditation class student/Y.G.

Am I independent or not, and why? And things/people one is grateful for.

I am grateful to many many people including some family, friends, and teachers.

I feel most grateful to my parents for the opportunity to be in this world and for all their care when needed.

I also feel most grateful to many of the teachers and shifus who helped accelerate my learning and whatever wisdom I gathered.

Independence is extremely difficult to achieve. I have to depend on the environment (nature) to provide elements I need for physical survival. I am dependent on the social and public services (for example, transportation, medical/health needs) provided and supported by many individuals I don’t even know.