this present moment

The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our
willingness to pay attention.

Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is
marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending
loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives.

Every relationship,
every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted
attention we bring to it.

In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily
forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface
of existence.

It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the
song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of
another and be touched.

We need to be fully present in order to love a single
thing wholeheartedly.

We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to
receive and respond to the learning inherent in it.

~Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield,
Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart

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