“In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
I began meditation practice decades ago. While it sustains me, I admit there’s been times when I’ve let it go. Always I see how much it sustains me when I forego the practice. In meditation nowadays, I breathe. I watch. Being ADD, many thoughts pass by but over time, they drift into the mists.
Just because “it” likes to do those things, who is in charge?
Sunday is a day of subtle differences for me. We spend so much precious energy in the pursuit of things. Time, people, appointments, outcomes, to-do lists that are always too long. We race along without seeing the beauty in which we live. We may take for granted the ones we most love. We may forget we don’t have all the time in the world to waste.
If you have a concept in the mind of a Buddha outside yourself, kill it, or more gently said, let it go. . . Buddha repeatedly reminded people that the experience of truth comes from one’s own mind.
I rest in a warm pool of late November sunlight. It is best to pay attention to each moment. I am not good at this practice and many moments get by me without notice.
We leave our homeland, our property and our friends. We give up the familiar ground that supports our ego, admit the helplessness of ego to control its world and secure itself.