In our everyday lives, we spend so much of our waking hours running away from the present moment. We run around making ourselves busy, chasing whatever’s next. When we have a chance to stop this rushing and running, our thoughts are often consumed with fears about the future or regrets about the past.
The practice of conscious breathing is a way for us to stop running, quiet our minds for a moment, and fully inhabit the present moment with our body and mind. It can help bring us into a state of calm and ease, and leave us better equipped to face life’s circumstances as they arise rather than losing ourselves in constant worry about what *might* happen.
This year has presented us with unprecedented challenges that carry over into our current holiday season. This week The Quieted Mind was happy to partner with Fundamental Shift to bring you this reflection and meditation.
Have you ever been confused or puzzled by the mention of non-self or “no self?” What about the teaching of emptiness? The Quieted Mind’s first dharma talk of 2020 is up, and it is about non-self and emptiness. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!
When we talk about going home, it is helpful to be reminded that our true home is in the here and the now. The practice of mindfulness is one of constantly arriving in the present moment.
This guided meditation is adapted from one described by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in a Dharma Talk he delivered at Plum Village, France on July 16, 1996. You can read the text of that talk at PlumVillage.org.