Eating My Cookie

Yesterday I was reading an article about technology use, something that I’m always wrestling with. There is so much advice out there about this subject, but the line that stopped me in my tracks was this:

You have a finite amount of time on earth.

In Echo’s class tonight, we’re talking about old souls. She says that by now, most of us have lived and died at least 200 times. Unless you’re the Dalai Lama (if you are, hey – I’m a big fan), there’s no question that most of us will be back again.

I know I’ll be back again, but when I read that line, I asked myself: how do I want to spend my time in this life, the one I’m living right now?

The article goes on to describe some ways to be more mindful about technology that I plan to try, along with an addition from one of my favorite teachers.

In the book Peace is Every Step, Buddhist monk and peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh wrote that when he was four, his mother brought him a cookie every time she came from the market. Sometimes he would spend as long as 45 minutes eating the cookie:

“I would take a small bite and look up at the sky. Then I would touch the dog with my feet and take another small bite …

I just enjoyed being there, with the sky, the earth, the bamboo thickets, the cat, the dog, the flowers. I was entirely in the present moment, with my cookie, the dog, the bamboo thickets, the cat, and everything.”

Lately, I have been noticing that when I have a few minutes to spare, I pick up my iPhone, but at least once today, I plan to skip Google and ask my intuition instead. I will spend my snack break eating my cookie.

Take a bite and look at the sky.

Take another bite and notice the room where I am sitting.

Take another bite and listen to the sound of my own chewing.

“Maybe you have the impression that you have lost the cookie of your childhood, but I am sure it is still there somewhere in your heart. Everything is still there, and if you really want it, you can find it. The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh, from Peace Is Every Step

Have a great week.