Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Just Breathe

To be mindful means to dwell deeply in the present moment, to be aware of what is going on within and around us. Practicing mindfulness cultivates understanding, love, compassion, and joy. This practice helps us to take care of and transform suffering in our lives and in our society.

"Allow yourself to relax and release all the tension in your body, and all the worries and the fear in your mind, because these things are preventing you from healing. Let go, release, take full refuge in the Earth and in the sun, and allow yourself to be healed."

c/v: The Mindfulness Bell

“If you focus your tensions on your inner breath, something extraordinary will happen - the clock in your mind will stop.  There will be silence.  So your regret and sorrow will eventually pass and your fear and uncertainty about the future will also stop and in turn you become much freer. That is what we call the practice of mindful breathing – bringing the mind whole through the body and helping you to be fully present in the here and now to get in touch with the wonders of life for your nourishment and well-being.” -- Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh 

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.


1 comment:

  1. Although the following philosophy is mostly associated with AA, it can be applied to coping with a larger array of life’s problems. True, it is theologian Rubin Neibuhr’s prayer, but involving a deity is optional when one seeks out the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference.