So, I’m walking along the boardwalk by the beach the other day. It’s a pretty nice day – sunny but cold (Spring only lasted a day :( ) & I’m grumpy & grumbly.
I’ve had a few not-great days & am probably carrying a little annoyance still that my lovely woodsy walk idea didn’t pan out.
Am noticing a LOT of garbage along the boardwalk
A LOT of dog poop.
So as I’m walking along, I’m composing a line in my head about how much I dislike the human race…
& I step in dogshit.
Now this makes me laugh right away. :)
‘cos I get it.
It’s karma. I’m thinking negative thoughts – focusing on negative thoughts – OBSESSING in my own negativity.
If I had been really in the “present” moment – taking in the lake, & blue sky, sun & beauty – maybe even breathing in & out, being consciously grateful as I take it all in
I’d almost certainly have noticed the dogshit I was about to step in – before stepping in it.
So I had a lovely chuckle at my own silliness.
& went on about my walk – doing a little better at Being.Here.Now.
p.s. Listen. I’m not stupid (yes, almost fatally naïve most of the time, & much too slow a learner almost all the time. But not stupid). I know “the world’s problems” cannot be solved by my being “in the moment.” This is not an attempt to make any miracles happen (I think it’s a bit late for that, don’t you?). For sure, though, I can at least maybe avoid stepping in dogshit (most of the time, anyway) if I am paying attention.
Lao Tzu: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
“What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.” – Epictetus
“Men are not troubled by things themselves, but by their thoughts about them.” – Epictetus
“Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.” – Epictetus
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
4 Rules for Life:
- Show up.
- Pay attention.
- Tell the truth.
- Don’t be attached to the results. – Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )
p.s. just re-read the posting called ‘Protest!’ & quite enjoyed it. A few more great quotations there!!
** grateful thanks to the wise folks whose thinking helps my own thinking get a little sharper! E.g. Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chödrön, the wise philosophers… & all the writers. :) :) :) :)