Tasting Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely,
of being in your body so completely,
of being in your life so completely,
that what you knew and what you didn’t know,
that what had been and what was yet to come,
and the way things are right now
no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord?
It would be a moment of complete presence, beyond striving, beyond mere
beyond the desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead,
a moment of pure being, no longer in time,
a moment of pure seeing, pure feeling,
a moment in which life simply is,
and that “is-ness” grabs you by all your senses,
all your memories, by your very genes,
by your loves, and
welcomes you home.
Excerpt from Anan Cara by John O’Donohue
The shape of each soul is different. There is a secret destiny for each person.
When you endevaour to repeat what others have done or force yourself into
a preset mould, you betray your individuality. We need to return to the solitude
within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel
the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery.
When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle
possibility. Consequently, we will find ourselves more frequently at the place
of ease, delight and celebration. The false burdens fall away. We come
into rhythm with ourselves. Our clay shape gradually learns to walk beautifully
on this magnificent earth.
May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and
belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that you have a special
destiny here, that behind the facade of your life there is something beautiful,
good, and eternal happening.