Monday, May 19, 2008

twenty four brand new hours....


I awoke early today to go teach yoga and was greeted with the most beautiful and delightful warm light filling my kitchen...it was gorgeous.
But of course I had left my camera in the car so no images of it...
But, as I was finding a reading for my class I found this and it was so perfect for my moment that I thought I would share it with you....

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live.
What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others. Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see.
The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.
We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive at the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. ...
Thich Naht Hanh:

2 comments:

nadia said...

this is beautiful, I am going to write this on a window shade in my bedroom- it is where the sun hits in the morning it is the place I look at as I begin to wake. Thank you -I really enjoy your blog it is always peaceful and now i understand why...

Joetta said...

what a wonderful idea, having this greet you everyday...and the shadows from the light and words will be so lovely...