Tuesday, February 12, 2008

precious moment

It is so easy for me to be racing around trying to get everything done. I call it a sense of urgency. Although when I'm in the midst of a sense of urgency I think it makes me more efficient it actually limits my presence and therefore my effectiveness. I bump into things, forget things and drop things. Lately I have also noticed I break things. I bought a lovely set of four wine glasses to drink my kombucha tea out of and I am down to one. My anxious rushing lures those little glass babies right off of the counter. Are glass shards all over the kitchen time consuming or what? I use my breathing technique that I learned from the Thicht Nat Hahn retreat to help me slow down. I inhale and say to myself, precious moment. Then I exhale and say to myself, wonderful moment. It is so healing to give this moment my full attention with my breath. A sense of urgency is being in the future focused on what comes next or in the past thinking I should have done it differently. The Buddha said, Let go of the past, let go of the future. The present is all we have. Precious moment on the inhalation wonderful moment on the exhalation. Ah!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the beautiful mantra. I wrote it on a sticky note and attached it to my computer screen so I can be reminded of it all day.