words to soak in

The past is gone, the future is not here yet.

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Did you scroll past that one quickly,

or did you sit with the warm sugar plum tones

rolling in your mind like meditation beads?

If you want or need to, take a moment to calm the mind and try again. The quote, “The past is gone, the future is not here yet,” comes from Thich Nhat Hanh. It caught my breath as I read it while sitting in a terminal, waiting for my plane. There I was, both literally and figuratively, in-between. In transit. Leaving Chiang Mai behind, not yet to arrive in Bangkok. I sat cross-legged on my seat in the terminal and simply breathed, in and out, absorbing the words. It’s such a simple, obvious statement, but one I find I need to learn repeatedly, especially the part about the future not being here yet. How often do we carry the past forward with us (whether it is a burden we fear to shed or whether we carry it even as we are busy running from it)? How much time do we spend planning for life instead of simply living it?

In Thai, the word for “to understand” is kaow jai, which means literally “to enter the emotions and feelings of a living being”, or as we would say in the West, “to enter the heart.” To understand something is to let it into your heart.

Let’s let this one in.

Simple BPM

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6 thoughts on “words to soak in

  1. I love this (as usual!) one of my favorite quotes that I have been reflecting on lately goes something like (I'm on vacation and my brain is not sharp) not to waste today worrying about tomorrow…living in the present takes such practice but is a true gift!

    Thank you for linking up with us!

  2. What a wonderful title to your post…those are definitely words to soak in! Too often I worry about the past AND the future. I just love the first photograph. Very peaceful.

  3. "How much time do we spend planning for life instead of simply living it?" Oh, so true…too often I can get caught up in the day to day to do list and forget that LIVING is exactly what I'm here for, to soak up the moments and relish the here and now, because tomorrow it will be gone and one day I will miss this.

  4. I cannot tell you how much I needed {read: NEEDED} to read this today. Just sit. In the present. And be. Thank you. Beautiful, as always, friend. Off to check on the birthday post. :)