Daily Wisdom / Zen

Meditate Like a Mother

When the mother hears her baby crying, she puts down whatever she has in her hands, she goes into its room, and takes the baby in her arms. The moment the baby is lifted into the mother’s arms, the energy of wisdom already begins to penetrate into the baby’s body. The mother does not know yet what is the matter with the baby, but the fact that she has it in her arms already gives her child some relief. The baby stops crying. Then the mother continues to hold the baby in her arms, she continues to offer it the energy of tenderness, and during this time the mother practices deep looking. A mother is a very talented person. She only needs two or three minutes to figure out what is the matter with her baby. Maybe its diapers are a little bit too tight; maybe the baby has a touch of fever; maybe it needs a bottle? Then when the understanding comes, the mother can transform the situation immediately.

It is the same thing with meditation. When you have pain within you, the first thing to do is to bring the energy of mindfulness to embrace the pain. “I know that you are there, little anger, my old friend. Breathe—I am taking care of you now.”

From True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, page 57

2 thoughts on “Meditate Like a Mother

  1. My mom tried to give me to my dad & his new wife…I still remember the oversize bra they gave me to play with…I was less than a year

  2. Dear shambhala publications, I gave my mother my copy of fritjof capra 3rd edition tao of physics in english and again it is not available on http://www.amazon.de for sale… Please reopen the sluices there are million more people waiting for proper enlightenment Dalene Lotz Germany Thank you for your interest

    Von meinem iPad gesendet

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