Lately I’ve been so preoccupied that I am even preoccupied with being preoccupied. Stress and over-thinking has made me into a fretting insomniac. And so, I’ve found myself going back to Buddhist philosophy and trying to be fully aware of each moment and making my mind be still.
From “The Wisdom of No Escape” by Pema Chodron:
Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life…We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life…The Navajo teach their children that every morning when the sun comes up, it’s a brand-new sun. It’s born each morning, it lives for the duration of one day, and in the evening it passes on, never to return again…“The sun has only one day. You must live this day in a good way, so that the sun won’t have wasted precious time.”
Every day is a new day. The past has elapsed. Tomorrow has not yet come. All that matters is now. Being completely aware of each moment and everything about that moment – in the now – eases the mind. The sun is reborn daily but so are we. Begin again.
Photo credit: Buddha Hand by Sakis Papadopoulos