I thought I'd share the followings words by Thich Nhat Hanh on mindfulness ... something to think about for the weekend - or rather, not think about! :) The photos are from my parents cactus garden in Ojai this summer.
Mindfulness makes life beautiful and meaningful.
When I am mindful of my in-and-out breath and relax my whole body,
I am in touch with how good it is to be alive.
I am in touch with my state of health
and feel grateful for everything that is going well in my body.
Then with mindfulness I can be aware of the beauty of the sky,
the smile of the flower,
the singing of the birds.
I can be deeply in touch with my own suffering
and hold it with love and tenderness,
rather than suppressing it or running from it.
Because if can be truly present for myself,
I can be truly present for those I live with,
listening deeply to them and speaking words that inspire hope and self-confidence.
In this way, I can bring joy to someone each morning
and relieve the pain of someone each afternoon.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Have a beautiful blessed weekend!