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[breathing in. breathing out. // Batesville, Mississipii]

the past is history
the future is a mystery
but today is a gift–that’s why we call it the present.

so today i decided to go to Magnolia Grove in Batesville, Mississippi. how blessed am i that there’s a Viet meditation center approximately 15 miles away from Oxford, where im working on a farm!? simply amazing. Magnolia Grove is a meditation practice center that is endorsed by Thich Nhat Hanh. i could recognize, in a few ways, where it was similar to Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA (which i’ve been to once).

i’ve been practicing meditation for some time now and i’m always chasing after the present. sometimes it feels like i lose focus of the present while chasing after it because im stuck in the chase rather than in the NOW. so today i had a reminder refresher course in mindfulness at Magnolia Grove.

here’s what my day looked like:

4:30am >>wake
5:30-6:30 >>arrive @ Magnolia Grove in time for sunday sunrise chant
6:30-7:00 >>the most spectacular sunrise & FULL AND COMPLETE RAINBOW over the meditation hall opposite of the spectacular sunrise
7:30-8:30 >>breakfast in noble silence
8:30 >>receive a personal, guided tour of Magnolia Grove by Brother Binh Ho.
9:00-10:00 >>walking meditation and wildflower picking
10:15-11:30 >>chanting and dharma talk
12:00-1:00 >>vegetarian lunch in noble silence
1:30pm >>leave early because we had to help build an atrium for a garden

what i got out of today’s session was a reminder for me to deepen my practice of mindfulness and meditation. i need to start putting 100% in every step i take. scratch that, i AM putting 100% in every step i take. i am breathing. i am alive. i am here. now.

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One comment on “[breathing in. breathing out. // Batesville, Mississipii]

  1. Myca
    March 13, 2012

    Inspiring. Thank you for the beautiful insight. I really like your reminder to step back from chasing the present. Its easy to get caught up in the idea of thinking in the present without practicing it mindfully. Thank you again for sharing and for the reminder.

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