Our true home is the present moment


The following passage was read today at a funeral.  It resonated with me and I hope it stays with me for a long time.

From Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn

Our true home is the present moment.  The miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment.  Peace is all around us — in the world and in nature — and within us — in our bodies and our spirits.  Once we learn to touch this peace we will be healed and transformed.  It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.  We need only to bring our body and mind into the present moment, and we will touch what is refreshing, healing, and wondrous.

I asked the priest (who had been wondering how to take the experience of our monastery back to his home), “In your church do you have a meal?  Do you have tea and cookies (as we do)?”

“Yes”

“Please do it with mindfulness.  If you do, there will be no problem at all.  WHen mindfulness is in you, the Holy Spirit is in you, and your friends will see it, not just b what you say, but through your whole being.”

The Path

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4 responses to “Our true home is the present moment

  1. He is a very wise man, and emanates peace. Thank you, Anne, for the reminder. Blessings.

  2. It’s lovely – thanks for sharing. I needed reminding. It is one of my ongoing goals to be mindful and live in the moment, but it is also incredibly hard. What living in the moment offers is freedom from regrets about the past and fears about the future, and that is so liberating.