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A Lotus to You

Today is Mindfulness Day 2011.  What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives—whether we are working, driving, or having dinner with our families. A state of constant, peaceful presence is the goal and result of mindfulness.

How can I be mindful today?

  • Talk less.
  • Eat less.
  • Waste less.
  • Spend less.
  • More gentle.
  • More kind.
  • More generous.
  • More love. 

As I live my day, I am mindful:  Somewhere to go, something to do, I don’t need to hurry.

One of the greatest ways to gain mindfulness is to single-task and be present with each activity.  One of my favorite mantras is Present Moment, Wonderful Moment.

  • Waking up.
  • Exercising.
  • Showering.
  • Drinking my coffee.
  • Driving.
  • Cleaning.
  • Smiling.
  • Writing.
  • Folding the lotus flower with my daughters.
  • Walking.
  • Preparing Dinner.

May I not be so busy that I forget what I am, who I am, why I am.  When I am mindful I see wonder, beauty, gratitude, and oneness.  Only when I am mindful can I begin to grasp the significance of the lotus.

No mud, no lotus.   ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The lotus flower grows only in muddy water and blooms with remarkable beauty.  Untouched by the impurities of the mud, the lotus symbolizes purity.  Metaphorically and spiritually, the lotus represents the transformation of suffering into the beauty of love, forgiveness, and happiness.

It seems apropo that Mindfulness Day follow our Remembrance of 9/11.  The immeasurable resolve and strength that united a country came after great tragedy. 

My hopes are that we infuse our lives and the world with mindfulness on a daily basis that we not need create our own tragedy and suffering to see the joy available in the present moment.  May we bloom within our muddy waters.    

As I tell mychildren, “A lotus to you” is a reminder that “Good comes out of bad” and “One good deed spreads to many.”

A lotus to you on this day of mindfulness.


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