Just Be

This Moment Is

This moment is your sanctuary

the past

the future

the imagined gargoyles of today

cannot reach you in the safe folds

of this moment

When tomorrow’s burdens angrily press

against the edges of today

find salvation in each new breath

Unravel the rope

that’s been twisted ’round your neck

and let it pull you out of yesterday

Purge the past from every pore

Release it from your lungs

in one long exhale

get rid of it

all of it

Return to the sacred space of this day

this hour

this minute

this moment when everything is okay

Michaela Chung

“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our own life has to be our message.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Great quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is always an inspiration to just be present. The quote, “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.” is a Basho Haiku. I think it was the first haiku I heard from him and it really turned me on to his work. Thanks for sharing these!

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    • I agree, Mark, TNH is a great teacher. I also love the haikus of Basho. The first one of his that I read was: The old pond/A frog leaps in/Sound of the water. I can almost hear that ‘plop’. 😀

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  2. Yes! I like a lot of Basho writing. I have recently read The Narrow Road To The Deep North and really enjoyed that. It is one of his travel books and it is really interesting to hear his account of walking through Japanese countryside.

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