"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Scattered Mind United

Today I am grateful for laughter, sleep, and clean water to drink. I am also grateful to be learning more about the importance of tuning in to my own breathing as a way to practice presence.

This quote seems very fitting then:

"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to 
take hold of your mind again."  
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

I have fallen victim to a scattered mind in recent days, and many times throughout my life. Most of my life really. Continued effort and daily practice are helping me make some progress on this mind unifying work, but I still have plenty of room for improvement.

Too often I forget that part about breath as bridge. Breathe in. Breathe out. Slow down. I can try to prevent the scattering in the first place, but also be more aware of when it has already happened. 

It reminds me of that line--"Stop the world, I want to get off." Too much scatter leads to such a feeling. More unifying thoughts needed. 

Practice makes progress possible. Breathe in. Breathe out. Proceed. 

2 comments:

  1. I use the breathing as a technique to calm me. I have a violent temper that I refuse to have seen, so stopping everything, concentrating on breathing in and out and my control has returned.

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    1. Just a few seconds can make the difference can't it? Calm or ramped up . . . Breathing easy or hard. It is a technique to practice. Thanks Lana!

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