“Doing one thing at a time” is how one Zen master defined the essence of Zen

Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

        If you are in the middle of writing a blog about art and passion and this photograph you took years ago at the “Trailing of the Sheep” festival, capturing sheep parading down from their northern grazing grounds, profoundly hollers out to you – so much so that you scrap the blog post you’re working on at midnight and write a new one – are you a nut job?

        I hope not. I love this picture. (And not just because I’m proud I got close enough, risking lice and the like, to take it.)

        Sometimes “going with the flow” is easy. Sometimes it’s impossible. Ever been caught in the middle of something and had a hard time catching your breath? (Like this week?) Or been amongst a herd of harmless people when you suddenly realize they are acting like a bunch of asses and you feel the urge to scream and break away? (#ewetoo?) 

       You are not alone. I think each of us has had a moment (millions of them) when all we can think about is taking our next breath. Sometimes, it’s all we can do.

        Look closely at the picture. Which “ewe” do you feel connected to? For which do you feel compassion? Based on the Zen master’s definition, which one do you think is being “the most zen?” Spend a few moments here.

        If you missed the breathing technique yesterday and you could use a little guidance, check out the below. Or:

Just breathe on your own. And know that, even in a crowd, you can feel quite alone.  But you never are.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Laura

    The link didn’t work but I found it on YouTube.

  2. Ciara

    Ewe have a tremendous gift Elinor! Thanks for sharing this peace.

  3. Jen Pen

    Ewe nailed it.
    I was trapped in a herd of bullies yesterday and only when I lifted my head up and listened to Gods instruction did I know the pathway out. (See that one sheep gasping for air-that was me!)
    Thank ewe for listening and scraping one post for this one. Ewe is baaaaaaaaada$$.
    It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my ability to get caught in stampedes.

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