Paying Attention and Attending To…

Meditation is not about attaining some ideal, it’s recognizing who you already are, the beauty that’s already present.

These are wise words you’ll hear in the video clip below.  How powerful it is to stop attaining something  – an ideal – that we are not, in this moment. It does not mean we will always be the same. We are changing continually moment by moment. Each breath we take changes us. Each person we encounter, changes us. Each experience changes us. Life is a process. Acceptance with awareness is about paying attention to what is real and attending to what we actually need to, to be love and be loving.

A beautiful poem by Derek Walcott

Love after Love

“The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.” ~ Derek Walcott

Jon Kabat-Zinn recites this poem at the conclusion of a wonderful talk on Mindfulness and Meditation he presented at Google. Here is the video. I share this time and time again. For a great introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation please watch and share.

Love and light to all …

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