Saturday, January 21, 2012
friend this moment
I once did a retreat with Sylvia Boorstein on the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes (loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity). On the first night, she gave us a mantra and suggested we say it over and over as we went through the hours between the end of the evening talk and the beginning of the morning -- while brushing our teeth, lying in bed, walking to (silent) breakfast, between bites of food.
"May I meet this moment fully; may I meet it as a friend."
How do you see each moment -- as a friend to be welcomed warmly? An assassin waiting to kill you? A trap? A refuge?
How would your life be different if you took an attitude of friendship toward each moment? What would that look like? How would it feel?
Can you give it a try?
Maybe on the meditation cushion? Instead of, "argh, I still can't move?" can you relax into the moment, drop the wariness, take off the armor, and greet the moment as a friend, looking forward to what it brings?