“Doing one thing at a time ” is how one Zen master defined the essence of ZenEckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks
So if you are in the middle of writing a blog about art and passion, and this picture you took years ago at the ‘Trailing of the Sheep’ festival, of sheep being paraded down from their northern grazing grounds, profoundly hollers out to you ~ so much so you scrap the blog post you are working on at midnight and write a new one ~ does that make 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… and 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 and suddenly decide they are acting like a bunch of asses, so much so you’ve felt the urge to scream out? (#ewetoo?)
You are not alone. I think each of us has had a moment ~ millions of them~ where all we could think about was taking our next breath. Sometimes it’s all you can do.
Look closely at the picture. Which ‘ewe’ do you feel connected to? Even compassion for? 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 want 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.