Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Present Moment Living

Anyone interested in mindfulness, meditation, and present moment living might want to check out one of my favorite new books: A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life. While this is a study of the Tao, I think the meditations would be helpful for people of any (or no specific) faith.

Our apple trees are luring the honey bees from miles around.

My favorite mediation lately (or always?) is: Change nothing... Everything changes. We don't need to be multitasking, list-making, hyper-efficiency machines. Attention to the present moment, whatever that requires, is enough, and will inevitably lead us on to change anyway.

Whew, I guess I'm on a "harness the zen" kick this week, huh? I blame it on the contradiction that lives at the core of my days lately.

We have been spending hours each day meandering through parks inventing games of ogres and princesses, runaway frogs, and space traveling bears looking for porridge.

These lazy, child-led adventures are spectacular fun for all three of us. But I have to work hard to keep my mind from switching into list-making over drive (pack for the weekend, mow the lawn, review materials for meeting, deck plans, chapter 9, blah blah blah). Even knowing I have time for those things later, I find it difficult not to keep turning the lists around in my head, pruning, adding, and modifying them....

Instead, I should and more often than not do, just enjoy the park with the girls. I play a pretty impressive ogre at this point!

Soon they'll want only their friends to play these games, and I'll have plenty of extra time to tackle other things. Maya is close to that already. While it lasts, I need to stay present. Make lists and cross things off when it is time for such efficiency. Play, encouraging the creative light within these girls, when it is time to play.

Change nothing... Everything changes.


Genie of the Shell said...

Your apple blossoms are beautiful! I can't wait until my new trees bloom.. probably next year.

That book sounds great. I also love Thich Nhat Hahn's Buddhist meditations. I have a sweet little book he wrote called "True Love," which is about being present with another person.

Living in the present is tough for people in our society, but I attempt to practice it when I can.

Anna said...

So very very true... :)))


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