For just one day I checked out of my own life. I reconnected with the person living that life instead. Under the skin of the person who travels 2-3 days a week for work, and consciously has to carve out time for life beyond a job she loves, are ants running around. The trick is, one only discovers them when one stops for a moment.
So today I sat down on my zafu and said hello to the ants running across my chest, on the inside of my skin. As I practised my walking meditation in 20 cm snow underneath sleeping apple trees, I could feel the ants go to sleep, too.
While I consciously choose to live than just to exist, in this context and in our culture, truly “living” usually means being active. Sometimes it is good to just let the world pass through us and truly feel it. The good, the bad, and the antsy.
(Kirkkonummi, Finland; January 2018)
March 26, 2018 at 10:52 am
This is wonderful.
March 26, 2018 at 10:59 am
Thank you. I am looking forward to a week-long silent meditation retreat on Bali later this year. I suspect I shall get to know each ant individually by then. 🙂
March 26, 2018 at 11:01 am
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