Comment and Concert
This series on mindfulness has been an interesting one for me and I hope for you as well. The comments have also been interesting, especially those in the last few days. “Okay so I did some mindfulness exercise; my life still stinks.” “I lived in the moment, experiencing each second and it did not change a thing.” There have been several others but most follow along the lines of these two.
The purpose of mindfulness exercises is not to suddenly change the tides of time or the course of the world. They do help us define the moment. Rather like variations on a theme. This evening I attended a lovely choral concert. Throughout the program they sang three different variations of the same poem which was actually a hymn text dating back to 1784. Sometimes our life is just like that.
“The tree of life my soul hath seen. Laden with fruit and always green. …For happiness I long have sought. And pleasure dearly I have bought.” The words of the text might well describe our living. Each day out own tree of life blossoms and grows and yes, some aspects do wither and die. When we utilize mindfulness in our living, we bear the fruit of the moment. With being mindful of each moment, we can then partake of the moment. “This fruit doth make my soul to thrive. It keeps my dying faith alive.”
Life sometimes requires us to take a detour and that is the subject of our next series during the season of Pentecost. We will discuss the detours of life by using some of the world’s most ancient lyrical texts and our own updated versions, how being mindful can help us to improve our living. Francis Bacon, Sr. once said: “Begin what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”