I’d like to wish all my friends, family and everyone reading this a very happy holiday season and a wonderful Christmas day spent with family and loved ones. Every morning I wake and practice my Zen mediation for around an hour. I begin each morning with my chant / mantra,
“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu.” (“May all beings be well/happy”)
This is my first thought as I begin every day and my last before I fall asleep. It is my hope, my wish, and my promise for all my friends and family, for my neighbors and the strangers on the street, for my dearest loved ones and for those who would seek harm to fall upon me. I attempt to keep myself mindful of the present moment I am living, I struggle to not dwell too much upon the past or on what the future may hold for me. Only by living in the moment may I be truly happy and well. Only by collectively living in the moment may we find Peace.
After my morning meditation I usually take my half hour walk. A form of walking meditation I strive to attain. I practice what I have come to term “listening for nothingness.” Walking in silence I try to free my mind of the worries of the future and the regrets and memories of the past, once again living in the moment and taking in all that it has to offer. Quietly I slowly walk listening for those moments, moments of complete silence. They are beautiful when they happen, that split second when you hear no cars, no birds chirping, no angry voices; you hear the beauty and serenity of nothingness. It is with these thoughts on this holiday season and this Christmas day I say unto you my friends and family from the depths of my heart:
“Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu”