I sit with a cup of tea. I enjoy watching the steam rise and the feeling of heat penetrating my hands as I hold onto the cup. The steam reminds me of my thoughts. They seem so real for a moment but then they slowly evaporate into nothing. A lesson of impermanence.
I take a sip of tea. I relish this moment dearly. The whole sensation of taste. The extraordinary feeling of the liquid as it passes my lips, lingers in my mouth and then with a swallow the feeling of warmth as it travels to the pit of my stomach.
I smile, I breathe, I drink tea. The day has only just begun and it is the first miracle of many to come. I feel blessed to be sat here, in this moment of alert attention. I look around the room, I listen to the external world going on around me. The clock ticking, the fridge making its funny sounds, a car driving past the house outside and then with a smile, a mindful breath, I carry on drinking my tea.
Wherever you are and whatever you do, be here now, in the present moment. Of course you can be no other place but so often we are transported by the mind to other worlds, time frames, places and scenarios which often involve other people.
These random thoughts are illusory. What use are these random thoughts to us whilst we are drinking tea or listening to the world around us? Even during your daily tasks and duties that you perform throughout the day or even the simplicity of sitting on a park bench. Always live for the moment. Be with it, bring your fullest attention to the here and now.
If you drink tea, be totally with that experience. If you are having a conversation, be totally with that person. If you are sitting on a park bench, relish in the beauty and simplicity of nature, be totally one with that experience. For wherever you are and whatever you do, always be here now, in the present moment, for there is nowhere else you can be.
These posts are part of my mindfulness course, “A Little Piece of Mindfulness for Everyday Living”. This is a mindfulness course borne out of my own experiences and spontaneous living. It is not a programme for you to follow as a set routine in a robotic kind of fashion. It is simply to inspire you to live a more mindful life. To learn to live in the present moment and to show you that it is possible to live a life of spontaneous joy, peace and harmony.
Let us together, step by step, through our daily living, through the love of our hearts and the peace of our minds, touch the souls of others and raise the vibration of the planet so that we may all live in a more peaceful, compassionate and loving world. Namaste ॐ