Breathe To Stay In The Now

… Rhythms…

Breathing in I feel my strong emotions.

Breathing out, I smile.

I stay with my breathing

so I won’t lose myself .

– Thich Naht Hanh

We Are the Witnesses of the Magnificent

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Through OUR eyes, the Universe perceives itself. Through our ears, the Universe can hear its harmonies. By being a witness, the Universe becomes conscious! Through our perception of Life‘s magnificence, we see the glory of all created; we experience the awesomeness of the creator. ~ Alan Watts ~  Inspiring words from a great master.

I can’t help but think that such a meditation as this, Alan Watts’s words, could cure loneliness. By broadening our perspective of what life is all about we come to know, on a very deep and real level, that everything, everyone is connected.

Instead of noticing our differences, we can choose to focus on all we have in common.

 

In ‘Mindfulness’,  All Are Equal

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis… because both are ourselves.

“The tangerine I am eating is me.

The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath.

Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else.

In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation