On Forgetting, then Remembering and the Value of Reminders


Today I posted something on Twitter and was feeling pretty good about it. I thought, “Cool – simple and to the point about how even one minute of meditation can restore us. ” ( I usually over-explain everything, over complicate. So this felt like a bit of a breakthrough. Just a teeny one, but still. Or, I go the other way and skip over items of importance, like I did today.) And it’s true. 60 seconds. sitting and breathing. That’s it.

And because the Twitter feed is set up to automatically connect to Facebook, my friend, Eric Borreson, who teaches tai chi around Gilman, saw it and made a comment. His comment added valuable insight to my original post. And it was humbling in the best way. He said, “Take one breath and pay attention. Take another and repeat. The next that you notice is that you are calmer than you were a minute ago. 🙂

I loved that he mentioned paying attention. And in particular, paying attention to the breath and then noticing the feeling of increased calm.  For while, the point of meditation (if it can be said to have a point) is not exclusively about getting calm and relaxed, those are very nice – side effects, if you will.

So here it all was. Forgetting and then being reminded and remembering. I also recognized that I might have used this little experience to berate myself quite a bit actually for failing at trying to offer a bit of teaching or insight. If I’d done that I would have missed a much more accurate and important insight; that is that we love and value having wise friends so much because they remind of things which are beneficial to know and that social media really can be used for genuine good and that all of this is about recognizing and feeling part of our fundamental interconnection and sharing information, wisdom. When we embrace it all, we become larger than we are alone.  We are healed, held gently, wisely and compassionately.

And that, is so much nicer than self recrimination, isn’t it? (-:

Have a day everyone. Together, I hope, we can practice being mindful, cultivating the garden of our hearts and minds for peace for ourselves and for our communities.

Thank you for stopping by.



Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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