Dear ones, in these troubled times we need to be able to calm our minds.
We can do this by returning to the present moment.
This will enable us to let go of our constant worry, and and find peace in ourselves, which will naturally radiate out to others.
This makes us happier,
and enable us to be more focused in what we think and do.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind.”
This line is like drinking a glass of ice water. You feel the cold, the freshness, permeate your body. When I breathe in and recite this line, I actually feel the breathing calming my body, calming my mind.
“Breathing out, I smile.”
You know the effect of a smile. A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.
“Dwelling in the present moment.”
While I sit here, I don’t think of somewhere else, of the future or the past. I sit here and I know where I am.
“I know this is the only moment.”
This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task.
“Calming. Smiling, Present moment, Only moment.”
I hope you will try it.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Extract from ‘Suffering Is Not Enough‘
by Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Letters for Peace’, a Be 4 Peace post.
More B4 Peace ‘letter’ posts:
☮ Malala`s Speech to the UN General Assembly
Like this on here:
☮ Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin.
Just let go and follow your breath for awhile.
☮ Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh).
Pacify troubled minds with Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom.