Gathas are short verses that help us practice mindfulness in our daily activities. A gatha can open and deepen our experience of simple acts which we often take for granted. When we focus our mind on a gatha, we return to ourselves and become more aware of each action. When the gatha ends, we continue our activity with heightened awareness.
As we turn on the water faucet we can look deeply and see how precious the water is. We remember not to waste a single drop because there are so many people in the world who don’t even have enough to drink.
Turning on the Tap
Water comes from high mountain sources.
Water runs deep in the Earth.
Miraculously water comes to us and sustains all life.
My gratitude is filled to the brim.
While brushing our teeth we can make a vow to use loving speech.
Brushing your teeth
Brushing my teeth and rinsing my mouth,
I vow to speak purely and lovingly.
When my mouth is fragrant with right speech,
a flower blooms in the garden of my heart.
Before turning on the engine of our car, we can prepare for a safe journey by reciting the gatha for starting the car:
Driving a Car
Before starting the car
I know where I am going.
The car and I are one,
if the car goes fast, I go fast.
The gatha brings our mind and body together. With a calm and clear mind, fully aware of the activities of our body, we are less likely to get into a car accident. Gathas are nourishment for our mind, giving us peace, calmness and joy which we can share with others. They help us to bring the uninterrupted practice of meditation into every part of our day.
Recommended books: Present Moment, Wonderful Moment and Chanting from the Heart
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