Thursday, April 5, 2012

Live the Actual Moment

Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves 
- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
                                             ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

In our busy world where accomplishment is revered and just being seldom acknowledged, Thich Nhat Hahn gently reminds us of the present moment. This moment is all we actually have. The earth doesn't rush through it's day, and either the sun. The stars enjoy shining until they are extinguished.

Such a simple pleasure making a cup of tea and slowly drinking it, sip by sip. With each sip the taste washes over the tongue and fills the mouth, then flows like an inner river down the throat. The warmth and the flavor remains and expands into the spaciousness of the body. How wonderful to be alive and aware of such simple wisdom! 

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