Saturday, February 20, 2010

In This Moment...

Thoughts of the imagined future or remembered past cause us to suffer. Feelings of anxiety, regret, resentment, anger, jealousy, self-judgment, or the myriad of other events that often come with these kinds of thoughts. 

When you are beset by these upsetting mental contents, say to yourself, "In this moment I'm..." and then fill in the blank. Whatever you are experiencing in any of the senses, name it. "In this moment, I'm scratching my face." "In this moment, I'm seeing a tree." "In this moment, I'm petting the dog," and so forth. 

The final part of this exercise is to then experience this present-moment sensory reality as fully as possible, even if only for a few seconds. This simple, yet extremely powerful strategy, will disengage you from the thoughts of past or future, and in the present-moment reality, there can be a cessation of suffering.
Breathing in, I dwell deeply in the present moment. Breathing out, I know this is a wonderful moment. Present moment/wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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