Does this make sense to you?
The reason we do something when it’s easy
is so that when something hard comes along,
what we did when it was easy makes this hard thing easier.

Breathing deeply.
Meditating daily.
Practicing here and now.

I practice each of these things.
I’m not perfect: Daily meditation isn’t always daily.
And I find myself holding my breath now and then.
And I get lost and confused and anxious when I start worrying about
what might happen, could happen, could have happened….
instead of being present and “here and now.”

I recently took on a new job.
It’s challenging to start something new.
It’s challenging to learn new skills even when we have lots of old skills!

And it’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace
and scurry along, swept away by speed
and lose sight of the moment.

I figure that I’m supposed to learn something from all of this.

So far, what I’ve learned is this:
I’m grateful that I’ve been practicing deep breathing,
mindfulness, yoga, and meditation
because these are the tools that are helping me thrive.

And I’ve come up with a new song
that I sing to myself when I start fretting
or I find myself holding my breath
or…

Here it is.

We practice when it’s easy
so that when life is hard,
we can make it easier.

I hope you’ll sing along with me.
And even more,
I hope you’ll sing to yourself when you
start feeling yourself drift away from NOW to
then or when or any other moment but this one.

Blessings Always,

Paula

p.s. Here are the words of Shunyu Suzuki
to remind us of about calmness:

“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop
your activity.
Real calmness should be found in activity itself.
We say,
“It is easy to have calmness in inactivity.
It is hard to have calmness in activity,
but calmness in activity is true calmness.”

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