|Thich Nhat Hanh leading walking meditation at Plum Village|
It was one of those days when even a few moments of clear, calm and open awareness, unconstrained by the prattle of discursive monkey-mind, was greatly appreciated.
For the most part though, it seemed like I was doing a mantra practice more than Mindfulness Practice. Unfortunately, the chosen mantra wasn't something exalted like the Tibetan Buddhist "Om Mani Padme Hum" or Zen's "Gate, Gate, Paragate" Today's mantra was the mental note, "thinking thinking," repeated over and over.
And over again.
Fortunately, this is one of the mornings that my choice to give up a personal vehicle was worth its weight in gold.
After this morning's one hour Sit, the walk from 108 House toward the bus was wonderful. It allowed me to connect quite directly, once again, with the Ongoing Miracle. Although it was abbreviated by the offer of a ride by one of my neighbors, I felt a great gratitude for the practice of walking meditation in my life.
Mindful of body and breath, mindful of the sensations of sight and sound and smell, I was again made aware that the Pure Land and the Kingdom of Heaven are to be experienced in this very life.