May 5, 2010

Meditation/Walking Inspiration: Thich Naht Hanh

A quick note from on the trail... the weather has been cold, rainy, and windy, with even a little bit of snow over the last four days of walking. But I am still walking through some incredible scenery -  steep green hills, old stone buildings, small quaint villages, local bakeries and meat shops, cafes, wildflowers everywhere, and lots of livestock. As long as I remember to look around and remember where I am, I feel so joyful and excited to be here. But there are also moments of feeling cold and wet and tired and not so happy. As soon as I remind myself to bring my attention back to the present, I feel great, but the weather has made it more challenging for me to remain in each moment.

One small tool that has been a help to me is the following mantra/poem:

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

It is from Peace is Every Step by Thich Naht Hanh.

Sometimes I just abbreviate it to:
present moment
wonderful moment

Do you have any tools or tricks that remind you to be present and joyful?