Tangerine of Mindfulness
“Looking at a tangerine, a person who practices awareness can see all the wonders of the universe…” ~ The Buddha
“What does it mean to eat a tangerine in awareness?
When you are eating the tangerine, you are aware that you are eating the tangerine.
You fully experience its lovely fragrance and sweet taste.
When you peel the tangerine, you know you are peeling the tangerine;
When you remove a slice and put it in your mouth,
You know that you are removing a slice and putting it in your mouth;
When you experience the lovely fragrance and sweet taste of the tangerine,
You are aware that you are experiencing the lovely fragrance and sweet taste of the tangerine.
“Children, eating a tangerine in mindfulness means that while eating the tangerine, you are truly in touch with it.
Your mind is not chasing after thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow, but is dwelling fully in the present moment.
The tangerine is fully present.
Living in mindful awareness means to live in the present moment, your mind and body dwelling in the very here and now.
“A person who practices mindfulness can see things in the tangerine that others are unable to see.
An aware person can see the tangerine tree, the tangerine blossom in the spring, the sunlight and rain which nourished the tangerine.
Looking deeply, one can see ten thousand things which have made the tangerine possible.
Looking at a tangerine, a person who practices awareness can see all the wonders of the universe and how all things interact with one another.
“Children, our daily life is just like a tangerine.
One hour is like one section of tangerine.
Living all twenty-four hours of a day is like eating all the sections of a tangerine.
The path I have found is the path of living each hour of the day in awareness, mind and body always dwelling in the present moment.
The opposite is to live in forgetfulness. If we live in forgetfulness, we do not know that we are alive.
~ From the teachings of the Buddha. An excerpt from the magnificent book Old Path White Clouds – Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
*I find myself irresistibly drawn to this timeless reminder especially during this season’s busyness that seems to come upon us at year’s end. May we each find that Secret Path of allowing life to flow.
Each moment bringing with it a morsel of sweetness and delight.
May this be a season of joyously savouring tangerines!
I wish you all, my dear friends and readers a meaningful Christmas and a Magnificent New Year!