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Darling, You Are My Home, Part 1

Haltern am See, Stausee, Anleger photo by Dietmar Rabich

I practice going home by walking, sitting, and doing things in mindfulness so I do not lose myself. Tinh Thuy, a permanent resident at Plum Village, wrote a song several years ago entitled, “I Am Always with Me.” The first lines are: “I have been living in myself for a long time. I have never lost myself. I have always been with myself. I have never lost myself.” 

This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself. You have a wonderful vehicle. And you don’t have to buy any gasoline. Mindful breathing and mindful walking are wonderful ways to go back to oneself. 

Thich Nhat Hanh
from Going Home

To be continued . . .