The themes of mindfulness, inspiration, stability, and balance have been part of my
everyday life since I was around 30.
It's interesting how awareness widens into entirely different realms when mind and soul
are balanced by the quiet of just-sitting. By just-sitting I mean Zen
meditation, but it can easily be contemplative moments spent at the water-cooler or
the solitude of a long walk.
Quieting our ever-busy external selves, being able to stop and turn inward, does
but is worth checking out.
“Start by sitting comfortably, cross-legged, and breathing normally,”
new Zen students are
told. “Then focus on your breath; count each one in your mind.”
Thus are they introduced to the
concepts of quieting the endless jabber of everyday thought. When we focus on one thing
everything vanishes. We, ourselves, become our own points-of-awareness--and
The gotcha is that for many of us, finding spare moments can be near-impossible,
but if we can manage that, it can and will make a great difference.
I remember taking the daily time-outs during a blistering, non-stop
ten-and-a-half-week computer architecture class. Stopping to silence the
static of insanity over morning coffee. It seemed
like an instant within that quarter's madness, but what bliss! ... what a simple and