Daily Wisdom / Zen

Appreciating Senior Moments

book coverThe Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh helps me appreciate my senior moments. In his book, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment, he writes, “The real miracle is to be awake in the present moment.” I’m confident he would agree that a senior moment, a moment of forgetting what day it is or where you are going, can be a moment of deep understanding.

For example, standing in the kitchen wondering why I have a pair of scissors in my hand, I notice the sunlight glinting off its metal blades and dancing on the wall, and I repeat Nhat Hanh’s sentence to myself: “The real miracle is to be awake in the present moment!” Younger people can also experience such transcendent moments of deep immersion in the infinite present, but they have to go to much greater lengths to do so, meditating for days at a time, for example, or hang gliding. I have only to carry a pair of scissors from one room to another.

From This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity by Susan Moon, page 56

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