In the modern society we live in, we are inundated with information. Everywhere we look and everywhere we go, we see, hear, and feel messages that are pulling us in many directions. What if there was a way for us to carve out a moment of peace at will? The practice of mindfulness (and related activities that connect attention, breath, movement, and rhythm such as yoga and martial arts) us reconnect with our unique experience of humanity, reinforce our sense of self, and achieve a state of serenity. The following poem highlights the notion that there is more to the world and ourselves than what our eyes can see, what our ears hear, what our bodies feel, and what our minds think.
What does it mean to be human?
Tis an age old question
Thoughts? Sensations? Feelings? Emotions? Connections? Actions?
We are more than what we think
We are more than our sensations, feelings, and emotions
We are more than who we know
We are more than what we do
We are even more than who we love
Zoom out far enough and you'll see
The threads that bind span sea to sea
What's in between it all?
Perhaps a moment's peace from the seemingly endless squall?