I am reading a wonderful book A Pebble for Your Pocket by Thich Nhat Hanh. I want to share with you one part of the book. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, describes something that a young child spoke.
“There is New Year’s Day, Peace Day, Earth Day. Why not declare today as “Today’s Day”? On this day, Today’s Day, we don’t think about yesterday, we don’t think about tomorrow, we only think about today. Today’s Day is when we live happily in the present moment. When we eat, we know that we are eating. When we drink water, we are aware that it is water we are drinking. When we walk, we really enjoy each step. When we play, we are really present in our play.”
This excerpt of the book is about living in the moment. Living this way is practicing mindfulness. With mindfulness we can nurture our awareness and clarity. It helps us to calm our minds and nurture our soul. Life doesn’t have to feel overly stressful if we live more in the moment, solving things one at a time as they come up.
Even our children in today’s society can feel a great amount of stress about test performance, too much homework, and every being overly scheduled with after school activities. I believe that it is important to teach our children to take a few breaths and enjoy the moment. Live life like today is the most wonderful day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.