"Mindfulness Practice isn't just about escaping to some magical inner realm devoid of life's challenges. The Practice is about progressively opening your heart and calming your mind enough to engage Life directly, to be more fully Present in a kind, clear, and helpful way."

Your MMM Courtesy Wake Up Call! Musings on Life and Practice by a Long-time Student of Meditation.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Being There

“One can appreciate & celebrate each moment — there’s nothing more sacred.
There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more!” ― Pema Chödrön

“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else,
but simply to realize where you already are.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

There are those Perfect Moments.

As I sat in meditation this morning, a male ruby-throated hummingbird zipped from behind me, passing over my left shoulder to feed on the lavender blossoms of a hosta plant in Betsy's back yard garden.

Hovering about three feet in front of my nose, it spent a few moments there dancing from flower to flower before moving to the monarda to my right for a few moments.   It then flew straight towards me before stopping to linger for a moment about six inches off my my right cheek.

Convinced, I suppose, that I wasn't in the same league as Betsy's amazing array of multi-colored sweetness, he then kicked it in gear and disappeared, passing within a few inches of my right shoulder.

"Whirrr............Silence."

Enough said?

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