by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation is not trying to get any results, not trying to improve or get anywhere, but simply realizing where you already are. The practice is for it’s own sake, take each moment as it comes. This is how it comes. Pleasant, unpleasant, good, bad … with this attitude life becomes a practice. Life will becomes your meditation teacher & your guide.
- A concentrated mind: harnass it and direct its focus only on the task at hand. The moment you concentrate the focus of your mind on a singular purpose, extraordinary gifts will appear in your life.
Feeling what you feel. Letting the mind be as it is and knowing something about how it is in the moment. It’s not about getting somewhere else, but allowing yourself to be where you are.
- Letting go: choosing to be transparant to our own likes & dislikes and of the unawareness that draws us to cling to them. Imagine how it feels to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate is as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This is true stillness, a true liberation.
Voluntary simplicity: going fewer places in one day rather tan more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less, so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more. It is bearing in mind what is most important to you so that it is not lost or betrayed in the heat and reactivity of a particular moment.
- When we can be centered in ourselves, even for a brief period of time, not having to look elsewhere for something to fill us up to make us happy, we can be home wherever we find ourselves, at peace with things as they are, moment by moment.
“When you really look for me, you will find see me instantly. You will find me in the tiniest house of time”.
“In the middle of this road we call life, I found myself in a dark wood with no clear path through.” It’s a way of being, listening, living and walking along the path of life and being in harmony with things as they are. This means acknowledging that sometimes, often at crucial times, you really have no idea where you are going, or where the path lies.
- Changing the sheets, doing the dishes, to do the laundry, even to work – don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious persuits. Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from, so that we may do our ‘practice’ which will put us on our path – IT IS OUR PATH.
See children (and all others) as your teacher. Observe them in silence, listen more carefully, read the body language, assess their self-esteem by watching how they carry themselves, what they draw, what they see, how they behave. What are their needs? How can I help right now? Parenting is a lifetime meditation. It’s the hardest job in the world to do well and most of the time you don’t even know if you are doing well or even what that means. Continually mindful & present, they will push your limits to find out about the world and who they are. They are the practice.
Whenever uou find yourself thinking you are getting somewhere or not at all, ask yourself: “Where do I need to go?” Try to go back to the freshness and beauty of each moment. You live NOW!
- The best way to impast wisdom or anything else is to live it yourself. Embody what you most want to impart, but keep your mouth shut. Don’t force things upon someone, it’s your path, not theirs. But: if you show how devoted you are, tell/explain what it is. How happy and calm it makes you. Show them how it works for you and they might see the beauty in it.
May we continu to give ourselves over to what is deepest and best in ourselves, over & over & over again, from moment to moment, from day to day. Being grounded everywhere, in every circumstance, neither above or below, simply fully present.
The mind has infinite potential: it has magnetic power to attracht all that you desire in your life. If there is a lack in your life, there is a lack in your mind/thoughts. When you constantly direct your mind to live in the present, you will always have boundless energy, no matter what time the clock reflects.