Falling into silence — always arriving

Photo by Sebastian Grochowicz on Unsplash

This week during my lunch break I have been reading in the library Jon Kabat-Zinn ‘Falling Awake’

I came to a section in which he speaks of a field near his home and something about it connects with him. I noted what he wrote,

“When I come to the road I turn right, uphill, for veritably it is all the same hill, towards my house, knowing that later this afternoon, the field and the walk I will take along the same trajectory will be entirely different, and that difference will make me different, will require me to be different, present afresh for what will be offered up to the senses in whatever moment I arrive.

And it is always so, summer, winter, spring or fall, yesterday or today, in rain and gloom and snow, at night under the stars. I am always arriving. It is always here, just as it is, always the same field, but never the same.”

We go about our routines which can seem like ‘the same old’ yet if we are ever-present we will experience each moment as pure as it is.

Just today as I was walking and needed a loo I found myself visualising going through the door of the nearby gym when I was prompted to be right present in the moment I was in. I listened and it felt more effective.

If you wish to ‘Fall into silence’ either take some time where you are or use the video below to aid you.

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