Just Be


Part of what I love about cultivating a mindfulness practice and Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition is that what we are being drawn towards and connected to is the art of simply being just as we are.  To embrace ourselves fully and engage with life and those around us fully.  To open our mind and our heart and let it all in.

There is nothing special we need to do, no one in particular we need to show up as.  We do what we are already doing and we continue to be as we already are.  We aren’t waiting for life to get better or for ourselves to “improve” because life is amazing and awesome right now  – and so are we!

Sometimes the most beneficial thing for us to do is to just be.

3 thoughts on “Just Be

  1. It seems so easy to get pulled into the ideas of “human doing”, “human having” or the bereft “human wanting”. Yet, those pull us away from simply being a “human being”.
    I wonder where all this imagined distraction comes from?
    Reading your writing, I feel inspired and supported. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for your post Vincent, I appreciate your sharing. I think because we are raised in a consumeristic society we are taught that we never have enough, never are enough. We simply aren’t encouraged to be happy with what we have and with who we are. We are taught to keep reaching and reaching and wanting and wanting – I guess it’s not very lucrative to tell folks they don’t need anything :)

  3. In case anyone was wondering about the picture here it’s one I took in Plum Village Monastery in June of 2012 when I was on retreat there (and first started this blog too!). I’ve recently taken to using my own pics to create quote/practice pictures, rather than borrowing them from the internet, (I use the free online service Pic Monkey). Its been a lot of fun creating pics :)

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