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自我反映(十七)——我真的有感恩的心吗?/ Self-Reflection (17) — Am I Really Feeling Thankful?


English Version Below……











I have reminded myself time and again that I shall practise mindfulness anytime and anywhere.

But it didn’t occur the way I wanted it to be, and I know, it’s going to be a long journey.

As I sat in front of the loaf of bread and bowl of curry, I began to pinch a bit of bread from my right hand and dipped it into the curry with my left hand. That’s how we eat curry here.

I then put the bread into my mouth and started to chew, slowly, and that’s when I realised that I have forgotten to be mindful again.

The words of Thich Nhat Hahn came into my mind again:

When I hold a piece of bread, I look at it, and sometimes I smile at it. The piece of bread is an ambassador of the cosmos offering nourishment and support. Looking deeply into the bread, I see the sunshine, the clouds, the great earth. Without the sunshine, no wheat can grow. Without the clouds, there is no rain for the wheat to grow. Without the great earth, nothing can grow. That is why the piece of bread that I hold in my hand is a wonder of life. It is there for all of us. We have to be there for it.

It’s amazing how a person can really be so appreciative of everything, and that’s why he is a well known Zen master. I believe the paragraph above can be extended to many other things as I looked at the bread. Not only can I see sunshine, clouds, earth, I can also see the wheat, the farmers, the company, the machineries, the workers, the packers, the delivery man, the seller, and I can go on and on.

It is then even more amazing how one thought can chain all these things / persons together when we are all not related and yet related in a way. Is that why Master Thich Nhat Hahn has always said: Life is a miracle?

Before I dipped the next piece of bread, I prayed in my heart and thank God (I honestly do not know what will be the best word I can use here, since I believe that Buddha is not a God. So it can be the universe, or heaven as how we call it in Chinese, it can be anything that allow the existence of this world) for the bread that I held in my hands….


Francis Lim


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