As I walk the mountain I’m humming four words. Each word slows me down so I pay attention to my footsteps. I’m more attentive to my walk, the woods around me, and to being alive, today.
My words grew out some mindfulness meditations from Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve been doing an online course from him and realized I needed to do it a second time. (It’s one that Sounds True offers: Body and Mind are One). This time I’ve laid aside my knitting so I can take notes. My mind wanders less when my hand holds a pen and puts marks on paper!
Each section of the course begins with a guided meditation, a series of repeated phrases that the student is to take into a walking meditation and daily practice. Over the last few months as I’ve listened to them, I found I was creating my own phrases, a tiny bit different and reflective of my life. The phrases fall on the in breath and out breath:
Breathing in: The mountain is solid
Breathing out: I’m solid
Mountain/solid (stay with these words till ready to change)
Breathing in: The creek is flowing
Breathing out: I’m flowing
Breathing in: The trees are still
Breathing out: I’m still
Breathing in: The birds are singing
Breathing out: I’m singing
Breathing in: Solid
Breathing out: Flowing
Breathing in: Still
Breathing out: Singing
Solid/Flowing/Still/Singing (repeating these four words until it’s time to move on)
During the day I’m carrying those four words around with me. Sometimes I pause, take a breath and lay my words on my breath. Then I know I’m here and present with whomever I am with, wherever I am.
Do you have four words that are yours to ground you? What might they be?
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6 thoughts on “Four Words”
Thank you for this Anne
I will enjoy discovering my words 😊
lovely! i wonder what yours will be???
Anne, I loved this, I just found it so beautiful, yet so simple. I’m going to use your four words to begin, then I know my own will follow.
I don’t have the mountains but I have the surrounding hills, no creek but a canal and a river. Lots of trees and birds….
I have a beautiful book called True Love, by T N Hanh that my Buddhist son gave me for a present. It’s a real little treasure.
Thanks always for your words of encouragement.
each of his books that i’ve read have been thoughtful and helpful. Have you read ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’?
This is a sacred time… this transformation/transition/birthing …,
We are all connected.
we are all connected. i love growing with that awareness.