Sunday, May 15, 2016


Often we get upset or resist doing certain tasks.  Doing dishes.  The mind gets going and the emotions follow or vice versa.  "I have so many other things to do."  Or, "This is beneath me."  "Why doesn't someone else help or do the dishes."  We are thinking about the future, our busy lives of more important things, or we are looking back in resentment.  We are not in the present moment.  Thich Nhat Hahn in his book on "Mindfulness" suggests that we just focus on doing the dishes, slowly, noticing our breathing.  Two things happen.  The dishes get done, and we are at peace in the present moment.  The "Now" is all we have.  The future will be a gift and the past is already gone.  Our meditation times can be a pointer for the rest our day.  It is a practice of letting go, but it is done when we have put all else aside.  It will not be enough to transform us.  We need to learn to let go of past and future in whatever we are doing in the present moment.  My God is in the Now.  God is Love, not used to love or will love.  Just Love.

1 comment:

  1. Well put - it is a challenge to Be Here Now - meditation, or Centering Prayer, is time well spent