Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the moment and without judgment. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity and acceptance of the present moment reality. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
As tradition dictates, upon entering his Zen master’s house, the disciple left his shoes and umbrella outside.
“I saw through the window that you were arriving,” said the master. “Did you leave your shoes to the right or the left of the umbrella?”
“I haven’t the least idea. But what does that matter? I was thinking of the secret of Zen!”
“If you don’t pay attention in life, you will never learn anything. Communicate with life, pay each moment the attention it deserves – that is the only secret of Zen.”
Often in life we only pay attention when something screams at us, but for me, it’s the whispers of nature, the quiet moments, the silence, that I discover a voice within, that leads me to my next step in the right direction.
Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. ~ Mary Oliver