In the Moment

With our hectic lives, running here and there, trying to fit everything in to our precious little time, I think that sometimes we forget about what “it” really is about.  I was reminded today of a Buddhist teaching and I’d like to share it with you.

The mind is restless, unsteady,
hard to guard, hard to control.
The wise one makes it straight,
like a fletcher straightens an arrow.

How good it is to rein the mind
Which is unruly, capricious,
rushing wherever it pleases.
The mind so harnessed
will bring one happiness.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you
as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
A well-directed mind creates more happiness
Than even the loving actions of your parents.

–Buddha Shakyamuni

I hope that today you can find time to still your mind and really appreciate what life is all about.


3 thoughts on “In the Moment

  1. Ahhhh, lovely. I love this teaching and it’s so true. We seem to fear the stillness and rush in to fill it up. What is it we fear the stillness will tell us?

  2. I like the idea of straightening the mind like an arrow! Requires a well developed muscle! Thanks for sharing this Martie 🙂

  3. I’ve gotten better at training my mind to be still but I always have to be on guard or it is off like a meteor.

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