I wonder, if like me, everyone occasionally experiences moments where the world seems to stand still and the cosmos aligns itself in perfect harmony. These experiences might last for a few seconds or several minutes. But, before the gears of chaos engage again, I always have the overwhelming feeling “Woo hoo, life is good!”
I’ve thought perhaps these moments of clarity and tranquility could be a spiritual thing…maybe a split-second glimpse of what heaven would be like. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, believed there must be a little bit of Zen in all creative and spiritual experiences. Not counting any drug induced euphoria, I believe each of us can experience our “little Zen moments” during our lifetime-if we tune in.
Here are some of my little Zen moments:
Sitting in the sun, by the pool. Watching the clouds drift by, listening to the birds, I feel my body and soul warming, the tension washing away, and I experience “the eternal happiness of the spotless mind.” Although not all Zen moments can be recreated, this works for me almost every time.
Waking up in the morning and walking into the living room where all my grandchildren have flung themselves to sleep in the blankets on the floor. I look at their beautiful, sleeping faces and think, “Yeah, this is the best moment of their visit.”
Walking downtown during my lunch break, soaking in the sights and sounds of the city, sometimes gives me the feeling of being so completely alive it is a Zen moment. It is especially meaningful if you just say “howdy” to strangers.
At the Botanical Gardens, I sit on a bench and stare out at the riot of plants and colors and feel in ‘shock and awe’ of nature’s divine creativity of which all our lives are a part.
Listening to a “kick-ass” song on the radio driving home after a great workout at the gym. Go endorphins!
Having a cup of Oolong tea on the back patio with my hubby. Sitting in the breeze, watching the bats come out at sunset, I feel the multiple activities of the day moving out of my mind. This unfortunately does not last as long as I would like, ’cause the evening’s tasks soon take up residence.
If you don’t recognize your Zen moments, I urge you to learn to do so and then, please share.