Today, I’ve been reading again my heart teacher’s wonderful book Going Home-Jesus and Buddha as Brothers.
At this time of the year, with so many people going home, or wishing they could go home, or dreading going home, these teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh can be a big help. May these words of wisdom comfort and support you, even as they have helped me and so many others.
“I practice going home by walking, sitting, and doing things in mindfulness so that I do not lose myself. Tinh Thuy, a permanent resident at Plum Village wrote a song several years ago entitled ‘I am Always with Me.’ The first lines are: ‘I have been living in myself for a long time. I have never lost myself. I have always been with myself. I have never lost myself.’
This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fear, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself, and you lose yourself.
The practice is always to go back to oneself. You have a wonderful vehicle. And you don’t have to buy any gasoline! Mindful breathing and mindful walking are wonderful ways to get back to oneself.
When I meet myself, I see a lot of space. When you are there with yourself, taking care of yourself, there is space in you, vast enough for the white clouds to travel in…
Your home is here, your home is now. Recognize it. Everything, everyone, is part of your true home. You have a lot of space. You are not isolated. You are us and you can embrace us as your home. Us means a cypress tree, a deer, a rabbit, and so on.
Every one of us needs a home. The world needs a home. There are so many young people who are homeless. They may have a building to live in, but they are homeless in their hearts. This is why the most important practice of our time it to give each person a home. Be a home for them. Each of us has to serve as the home for others. When we look at something or someone, be it a person, tree, or anything, look at it in such a way that we touch them as a part of our home.”