Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

“Even though life is hard, even though it is sometimes difficult to smile, we must try.” Those words come from Thich Nhat Hanh in his book Being Peace. He continues: “A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn the Buddha on, we are the Buddha. If we turn sorrow on, we are sorrow. If we turn a smile on, we really are the smile.”

This is the meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh used in yoga class on 9/11 and 9/12. Each line corresponds to either an inhalation or an exhalation. Play with this meditation and see what blooms in you:

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is a wonderful moment.

You may shorten this meditation. Simply follow your breath with the words: Calm … Smile … Present Moment … Wonderful Moment.

Enjoy your present moment today … let go of the past and try to not stretch into the future. Let a little smile creep onto the edges of your lips. And, then let your body smile.


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