The Present Moment

December 22, 2009

During this busiest of weeks, I want to share some thoughts from the gentle, loving Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

“We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available.  We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living.  We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on.  But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.  Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.  We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”

From:  Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life


Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

One Comment
  1. Today I had a wonderful chance to teach a yin yoga class – just one gentleman showed up and he felt bad being the only one. I'm so glad he came though, it gave us both an hour to relax, be present and still amidst a busy week.

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