Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Buddhist monk and peace activist, passed away yesterday at age of 95. Thich’s teaching has a far reaching and wide influence on the art and practice of mindfulness. I started my walking meditation exercise after hearing it from him. And then I realized how much we take our normal senses for granted.
For me, listening is one sense I need to do better with. It is an important skill with significant payoff. Specifically, listening to validate others. Even my walking meditation is practiced alone, I become more aware of the sounds inside and outside of me. There are times, I too need validation. Like when I am sick.
Also this week, I was burdened to learn that the US is one of the democratic countries that have lost its people’s trust with the government response to the Coronavirus. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do believe in democracy. Just don’t like losing to China.
Lastly, does it matter to you there 52 weekends in a year? It should. That’s 52 opportunities for renewing ourselves. Life’s hustle can make everything a blur after a while. Take my week-in-reviews for instance, they are there as inputs for a year-in-review if I so choose to do it. Hasn’t happened yet, but the data are there.
Stay safe & have a nice week.