Monday, June 13, 2011

Tiny Tastes of Calm

Deb Lazar showed me around her community garden plots--she has 2 and her husband has one. She has a fantastic crop of basil. It's only 1-inch tall at the moment, but add rain and sun, and soon she'll have a forest of basil bushes.

Our meditation practice is like this: we start with a 1-second taste of calm. Notice that one second. Revel in it. Sink into it. Paying attention to momentary calm is the rain. Coming back to the cushion is the sun. Yes, some days, like today, are overcast, and maybe even one second of calm doesn't show through the clouds of mind chatter.

Keep tending that momentary calm. By the end of the summer, you'll have a crop of it.

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