Letting your Teacher Live in You
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Our gatha ormindfulness verse for the day of mindfulness is
Breathing in, I breathe with my teacher within me;
Breathing out, I see him smiling with me.
When we make a step with gentleness, we let him walk with us,
And we allow him to continue within our steps.
Letting go is also the practice of letting in,
letting your teacher be alive in you,
You may like to try practicing with this during your daily sitting and walking meditations leading up to Saturday. Or you may like to use it as a “microhit” of practice while you are involved with daily activities. Use a line from the gatha to bring you back to the present moment for about 3 breaths.
Before and after practicing with the gatha reflect on:
our actions are our only true belongings, our heritage
Thich Nhat Hanh (“Thay”) transmitts his practice actions to us through his teachings. And so his true heritage, his true-self elements are present in our practice.
Since his stroke he cannot walk and eat like he used to. Because he is with us we can walk and eat with him and for him. We can rest in his circle of actions while we do mindful breathing. He is receiving our companionship, our support.
This is also true for ALL those whose actions have entered the stream of our life's action. Our parents and siblings, friends, spiritual teachers, scientists, poets, inspiring artists and writers, and our younger selves. Any of these we can invite to breath and to smile and walk with us.
Maybe right now they are in troubles or preoccupied or they have passed away? They may not be able to enjoy the sound and sight of the breeze moving through trees and flowers, the simple radiance in the body spreading from a soft smile, the joy of being able to move, the contented happiness of in and out breathing with full awareness?
We can invite the part of them that has been transmitted to us to join us in enjoying the present moment.