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Every Moment Is A Diamond

Excerpt from The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

One winter morning in Plum Village I was in my hut getting ready to give a talk. I had ten minutes before the talk was due to start in the meditation hall. Whether ten minutes is a lot or a little depends on how we live them. I put on my long robe and I went into the bathroom to refresh my face. I opened the faucet a little so that only a few drops came out, one by one. As the icy water trickled out, it was as though drops of melted snow were falling into my hand. They were so fresh and cool they woke me up. I lifted up the drops and enjoyed their coolness and freshness on my face. They were like drops of snow from distant Himalayan peaks that had made a long journey of thousands of miles to reach my hut in the woods. And now they landed on my cheeks, my forehead, my eyes. I saw the snow-capped mountain peaks so clearly. Recognizing the presence of the snowflakes in the water, I smiled.

I wasn’t thinking about the talk I had to give in a few minutes.

I wasn’t thinking about anything in the future. I was just dwelling happily in the present moment, experiencing these drops of snow landing gently on my face.

I was all alone in the hut, but I smiled. It wasn’t a polite smile—no one was there to see it. I put on my coat and stepped out of the hut to walk to the meditation hall, and I marveled at the sparkling drops of dew on the grass. With every step I took, I was aware that the drops of dew were no different from the drops of snow that I had just put on my face.

Wherever we go, we can encounter Himalayan snowflakes.

Whatever we are doing, whether we are washing our face, walking through dewdrops in the morning mist, or looking up at the sky and clouds, we can see the mountain snow is always within us and around us.

We know that about seventy percent of our body is water.

Actually it is seventy percent snow.

We all need a spiritual dimension to our life. With mindfulness we can see the poetry and beauty all around us. We can see the miracles of life. We get deeply in touch with our cosmic body. Every second, every minute, every hour, becomes a diamond.

Excerpted from THE ART OF LIVING by Thich Nhat Hanh with permission by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2017.


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