The first chapter is called Stopping, and it teaches gentle ways to do exactly that. We, as humans, are so, so busy – all the time. It’s almost as though we feel we need to be. What this chapter explains, however, is that the survival of humankind depends on our ability to do just the opposite.
All we need is the intention to stop the madness, and a space to allow us to do so. Slowing down and bringing the mind back to the body is how we will become mindful; fully present. It is only when we allow ourselves to be totally present that we are able to experience life in the fullest.
“We can touch the present moment in all its fullness and joy if we simply have a place, and a way, to stop.”
One tactic we can use to remind ourselves to stop and be present is to write out these little poems – called gathas – and place them around our homes, in areas that will grab our attention.
I love how simple and pleasant they are. For me, reading these words brings an instant wave of calmness.
+ What are some techniques you use to get yourself to stop the busyness and soak in the present moment?
Lead image by Thomas McKenna.