When our minds wander from our immediate experience, what we imagine is almost always more distressful than the actual experience we’re having. In essence, we spend a lot of our time ignoring our prosperous circumstances while giving birth to the very distress we’re seeking to avoid.
This is where mindfulness-awareness meditation comes in. One of its core effects is that we become utterly familiar with our immediate experience. And it’s here in our willingness to open to life that we can realize our profound prosperity- not as an economic fact but as a remarkable lived experience.
We can also attune ourselves to the prosperity all around us with simple practices: *marvel at devices *express gratitude *delight in others’ joy *remember the scope of human suffering *share what you have
we can’t be everywhere…..we can’t do everything…..we can’t accomplish all of the things….
inquiry for today~ take a moment to mourn all you cannot do….allow this to help you realize all that is available to you and the appreciation of discernment to notice…..
Breath remains the vehicle to unite body and mind and to open the gate to wisdom. When a feeling or thought arises, your intention should not be to chase it away, even if by continuing to concentrate on the breath the feeling or thought passes naturally from the mind. The intention isn’t to chase it away, hate it, worry about it, or be frightened by it. So what exactly should you be doing concerning such thoughts and feelings? Simply acknowledge their presence. The essential thing is not to let any feeling or thought arise without recognizing it in mindfulness, like a palace guard who is aware of every face that passes through the front corridor.
~Thich Naht Hanh