by Thich Nhat Hanh
What do you do when it feels like the walls of the cliffs surrounding you are starting to crumble and cave in on you?
What to do when every step you take seems to be leading you further and further into uncertainty and quicksand?
When this feeling of overwhelm starts to creep into your mind’s edges?
When you long for the early summer meadow lying in the grass with lazy white clouds above in the deep blue sky?
And it’s raining, raining, raining…
Can I recognize the dead end I am in as I look outwards?
Letting go sounds so simple but it is so very, very hard when I’m feeling like this.
What is the advice that comes down to us from the ancients and even from our contemporaries? Can I not only listen to that advice but somehow find the inner will and determination to actually practice it? Can I smile with my in-breath and fill my pain with compassion while breathing out?
Does it all look different now?
All the news that we take in over one single day in these times….
It must be digested and then released.
I find that mindful breathing is still the best way to be with my deeper being.
It is such a delicious sensation to feel the breath
when it flows in a relaxed way on its own.
Look at something peaceful and just let all thoughts go, all ambitions, concerns – Continue reading
Alia, her sister Lois and I are clearing Lois’ house for the painters who will be here Monday to spray the ceilings. Then we will continue painting the rest of the interior. Breathing with mindfulness is the way I stay centered in the midst of all activities. My wife Alia is an excellent organizer and has set us up to complete all phases of this project graciously and with ease. Tomorrow the three of us will be moving to a nearby motel for two days while the painters do their thing.
Thay’s beautiful calligraphy above expresses the trust that will carry us through all travails and turbulence in these times.