There is nothing more soothing then watching your breath.
Then if you add the powerful healing and compassionate energy to it, it becomes the most exquisite meditation.
When you are not only lost in yourself and in the space between your breaths, the vastness of creation, the emptiness, natural state of the mind, the divinity of each moment, but you include all and everything.
When you can simply calm yourself with each in breathe, allowing a wave to reach deep in every cells of your being, bringing with it a sense of peace and tranquility, softening every part that may be hard or in pain, gently caressing it with tender love, you are well on your way.
You then breathe out and smile to yourself, extending your smile to each and everyone of your loved one and the one who hurt you, to every sentient being, to the wealthy and the poor, to the suffering and the dying with a wave of compassionate and sweet love.
Thich Nhat Hanh the sweet Vietnamese Buddhist Zen monk wrote this poem and it is one of my favorite meditation.
"Breathing in I calm my body
breathing out I smile
dwelling in the present moment
I know it is a wonderful moment"
About Thich Nhat Hanh
You can continue the meditation with "dwelling in the present moment," letting the essence of this truth hit you deeply.
" I know it is a wonderful moment."
Whether I suffer or in joy this is a wonderful moment because I am here, because I can celebrate whatever it is, because I feel it. I am breathing and I am alive and I can smile, despite and however hard it may be.
The Buddha in me is inviting me to smile, to let the sacredness of the moment be the only thing there is, to be mindful of all and everything.
I found an amazing dance meditation that goes together with this text.Click on this wonderful heart dance you tube video.
And if you can do this with a group of friends it can bring such a joyful feeling of gratitude. We sang it together with our friends at Driek's birthday, no recording available though.
The three paintings are some of my creations of the last 2 months. Inspired by my special Tibetan painter friend :Tashi Norbu.
Acrylic on canvas
About Tashi I will speak more later. For now I will say that his delightful paintings and arts have been a source of inspiration for many silent and creative moments with myself and tons of smiles.
Labels: Friends, painting, poetry