Within the Buddha’s Smile.
I remember living in a small space on the north shore of Hawaii. The room itself was rather barren – a bed, some books and a kettle pot.
Week after week, I struggled to find the means; I had little money, and barely enough food yet I was the happiest I’d been in years. “Just this,” I remember saying each morning as I paused to take it all in.
Perhaps, it was the absence of distraction – the incessant buzz of technological things encroaching on my ability to ‘be’.
In the morning, the rhythm of the waves assured me…”Just this, and nothing else.” In this space, there were no worries, no labels…no afflictions of past.
“To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task,” Thich Nhat Hanh shares. Though, curiously we tend to push it all away in favor of more ‘urgent’ tasks.
But, what could be more urgent than the security of your inner peace?
As we struggle to find balance, we must recognize that we are an agent of our own good.
Until then, for now…just simply be.