Be More Present

One of my teachers always refers to the quote ↓ 

"Before enlightenment, Chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, Chop wood, carry water." 

We tend to get caught up in the destination or the end point, thinking the work ends once we arrive. But once we arrive the work that got us there doesn't stop, it keeps going. We will need to keep doing the work that got us there to keep moving forward. 

Tom Barrett explains

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It got me thinking about my practice.

Knowing my work in this practice is never done or complete. It won't matter how many hours of "training" I receive, how many years of practice, it will never end. To be completely present will help this work be easier day after day, year after year, decade after decade. In the end,  the destination isn’t what matters but it’s the process of becoming more present in your life so you can enjoy the journey. 

Meditation exercise to help you...

For 2 minute morning afternoon and night find time for a breathing Exercise.  Start by sitting in a comfortable position with a nice long spine. A supportive chair works or you can sit on the ground and allow the wall to support your back.  Close the eyes and start to feel the breath come in and out of the body. Explore the subtle movements in the rib cage. Gently close the mouth and start to bring the breath in and out of the nose. Allow the breath be audible. Now allow your focus to be on the sound the breath. Remain here for two minutes focusing on the subtle movements in the rib cage and the sound of the breath.

For 2 minute morning afternoon and night find time for a breathing Exercise.  Start by sitting in a comfortable position with a nice long spine. A supportive chair works or you can sit on the ground and allow the wall to support your back.  Close the eyes and start to feel the breath come in and out of the body. Explore the subtle movements in the rib cage. Gently close the mouth and start to bring the breath in and out of the nose. Allow the breath be audible. Now allow your focus to be on the sound the breath. Remain here for two minutes focusing on the subtle movements in the rib cage and the sound of the breath.

-Nicole Snow