It was a lovely autumn evening and all was well… It felt wonderful to breathe in the cool fresh air… But then, once again the neighbors’ cigarette smoke began wafting in on the breeze… With anger I closed my window… and then, once again the toilet paper holder fell to the floor… and then, I stepped in water in my socks… and with each small frustration, I felt my angst growing stronger…
And once again the negative thinking swirl began, with the primary question surfacing, “Why is life so hard?” But just then, a small gentle voice asked quietly, “Umm, could we reframe that?” So I tried and tried to think of a more positive spin on my view of life (in that frustrated moment), but all I could come up with was “life is challenging” and “life is not fun.”
Well the small gentle voice was not having those negative reframes, so she dug deeper into the situation, and then she shared this insightful reframe:
“Life is filled with bells of mindfulness.”
Yes! All parts of me agreed, and the toxic angry vibes lay down to rest with the cranky despairing energies…
So then the small gentle voice said calmly, “When you closed the window in anger, that was a bell of mindfulness to show you where you need to cultivate more peace, understanding, compassion, and kindness… And, when the holder fell down and you stepped in water in your socks, those were bells of mindfulness to show you where you need to generate more calm inside yourself. So remember, life is filled with bells of mindfulness.”
Dear readers, this experience arose in me because I have been studying the teachings of the Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh… His teachings on mindfulness are so simple to grasp, integrate, and practice in daily life… Soon I will write a post about his book Peace is Every Step.
And so what about you… Can you relate to my experience here? Can you also see many bells of mindfulness in your life?
I hope this post was helpful to you!
May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!
Photo of bells cropped from original photo by Az Aay Chhetri on Pexels.