If this is so, then modern life is moving faster
|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 high volume 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 simple mental note, "thinking thinking," repeated over and over.
And over again.
Fortunately, after the bells sounded, I had places to go and things to do around town. Since they were all within walking distance, I left the car keys on the counter.
I'm so grateful that I made this choice. I came to my senses as soon as I walked out the door. The morning air was cool and crisp. The neighborhood birds were singing their praises to a clear blue sky. Just opening to the sights and sounds and smells of the world altered my reality immediately.
Mindful of body and breath, mindful of the sensations of sight and sound and smell, I was again made aware of the Ongoing Miracle. I felt a great gratitude for the practice of walking meditation in my life.