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Compost Happens

by Milissa on September 24, 2012

in Breath,Meditation,Mindfulness,Quotation

You know how it goes.

Just when you think you’ve got the world by the tail, you get whipped around and spun off course. Like a puppy—spinning and growling at his own tail—you find yourself in a tizzy.

Sometimes small annoyances come up:

    • Getting caught in traffic.
    • Or not finding your favorite yogurt in the grocery store’s cooler.

Sometimes seismic shifts happen:

    • A loved one gets diagnosed with cancer
    • Or a beloved family pet dies.

To be honest, there have been times where I’ve reacted like the sky is falling. Over the tiniest things!

Breaking a shoelace, hearing an egg splat on the kitchen floor or just missing the left turn arrow at a busy intersection.

Yep, shit happens.

Every. Day.

But, it makes a difference whether we wallow in a pile of doodoo or let it be. Compost happens too (this is bumper sticker wisdom)!

I am by no means skillful (yet!) at letting go and allowing things to be as they are. When things don’t go my way I have been known to swear like a sailor, fume, and even stomp my feet.

Sigh…reminds me of my puppy when he gets overwhelmed!

But sometimes I just watch my reactions and come back to breathing through the feelings and sensations in my body.

Pausing and noticing what I’m feeling. Opening my heart to the small, vulnerable parts within, that react when things don’t line up perfectly.

From where I sit now, looking at life through my half-century-old eyes, I see loved ones aging, friends passing away, the love of my life living with a serious illness.

Looking back at my hissy fits over things that now seem trivial, I smile, like I would at a puppy that I know will outgrow shredding newspapers and biting at shirt sleeves.

It seems I have been training all along, by not pushing myself away when I have felt mad, scared or agitated over things that are beyond my control.

Breathing in. Breathing out.

Can you do it with me now?

In. Out.

Deep. Slow.

Calm. Ease.

Smile. Release.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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