May 24th, 2009

Crazy

::Familiarity ::


::Familiarity ::
 


Many months passed before there was an opportunity
For me to visit the stall again.
In the wee hours of the night.
Hai Yun wasn't there this time.
"She's gone back to visit her hometown," they said.
An ordinary stall it may be, but it brought back
Memories of all the people I ate with, at the stall.
As morsels of raw fish were taken with the gruel
Friends bade each other farewell and went on their ways.
And while some meet and dine together again
Others never really came back.
And with passing time, and fading recollections,
Perhaps the only familiarity would be
The cut chili and the spring onions.
And a nebulous cloud of memories.



 
Crazy

:: Something Meaningful I Read Today ::


:: Something Meaningful I Read Today ::




The Vietnamese Buddhist monk and philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh
Writes about enjoy a good cup of tea.
You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present can your hands feel the warmth of the cup.
Only in the present can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, you will completely
Miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.

Life is like that.
If you are not fully in the present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you.

The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet.
Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened,
When you stop worrying about what might never happen,
Then you will be in the present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

(from Only Love Is Real, by Dr Brian Weiss)

I was tanning by the pool when I read this section. (Hot sun today!)
It wasn't something that I have not read before.
But reading it again from this perspective gave me insight.
I reflect too much, and in this process could have been
Stuck too long in the quagmire of the past.
Perhaps it is time to fully focus on the happy present.
Make the best of it, and cherish it.