Delight in the preciousness of every single moment

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.” ~ Pema Chodron


About Dr Bill Wooten

Organizational Psychologist,Guitarist, Banjo Picker, Bicyclist, Reader and Books, Books, Books
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3 Responses to Delight in the preciousness of every single moment

  1. Fabulous. Thank you for posting.

  2. Reblogged this on let's talk! and commented:
    This is a marvellous quote from Pema Chodron, on Dr Bill Wooten’s blog, which beautifully sums up the principles of mindfulness. Of course, we are rarely, literally, facing tigers; but many of us have to deal with daily challenges that prevent us from taking time to look at the immediate beauty around us.

    So maybe we should just start small – change strawberry for cup of tea, tigers for the big things on our ‘to do’ list and take time just to be.

  3. Pingback: Delight in the preciousness of every single moment | Teacher as Transformer

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