Words for various moments of the day
Thich Nhat Hanh is a
spiritual leader, scholar, poet,
and Buddhist monk.
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully each moment
and to look at beings with the eye of compassion.
Washing Your Hands
Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skilfully
to preserve our precious planet.
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.
Driving the 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.
Watering the Plants
Don't think that you are cut off, dear plant.
This water comes to you from the Earth and sky
You and I have been together
since beginningless time.