In my Ninjutsu days, we chanted Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo before practice. I was told that a meaning of this was that every moment is an opportunity to attain enlightenment.
I am making an effort to do and be the best I can in each moment. Sitting in a Barnes and Nobles cafe, I feel the temptation to move, because I feel uncomfortable about the people around me. In front of me there is a girl in her twentieswith a huge belly. I don't think it's pregnancy: it's a little too bouncy for that. She's having a fine time sitting there. She seems perfectly at ease. It's me who has the issue. I feel an impulse to turn away...
The man behind me seems grumpy. He and I are only a few feet apart. I asked him if he would mind watching my laptop while I head to the bathroom for a second, and he nods his head without a hint of warmth. I am not comfortable sitting with my back to him... but I'm afraid of facing the other way (click here to read the rest of this post at ReturningToTheLight.com)