Bloom of the Present

INSIGHT MEDITATION

Bloom of the Present

INSIGHT MEDITATION

Bloom of the Present

INSIGHT MEDITATION

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Dana–the practice of generosity–is a 2500 year old Buddhist tradition.

Today I am taking sides. I am taking the side of Peace…

There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands. I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night . . .

~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden, chapter four, Sounds