Out of no where I began humming “One Moment Time”, a song made popular by the late Whitney Houston during the 1988 Summer Olympics. It dawned on me that I was going back to a special one moment that was and has been very meaningful to me. It was the song chosen by my students to sing at their high school graduation. I was one of the teachers in charge of a high school graduation at the time.
The moment I played back in my mind was when the students were called up to receive their diplomas. They were all so proud of what they had achieved. Most of them had been labeled at-risk and they were so proud they had made it to graduation. These moments are the ones that matter to a teacher, parent or grand parent. It is a moment in time that does not escape one’s memory very easily.
I suppose this is a good example of what mindfulness is all about. That moment in time was to create awareness of all things around us and our own self awareness. It was the culmination of many instances that lead to the to it.
“Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to this moment in time deliberately and without judging the experience.” Thus I must have been aware of many of the details of that particular event.
I must admit however, that it is a little more difficult these days to be mindful and focused in the moment. Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth urged us “to be in the present or in the now” where each moment counts.
In my book, Haiku Moments I try to exemplify my ideas on mindfulness with the moments expressed in haiku and some of the photographs that connected to those moments.
But again focusing on the present moment is not easy these days. There are too many distractions. However, the challenge is ours to stay focused, grounded and still. It may be that we need to start talking to each other face to face. We need to get rid of our devices and basically stay disconnected but at the same time making ourselves available to others.
Mindfulness to me means holding yourself captive so that nothing else matters.Here is my poem about mindfulness:
One moment in time
It is a magical moment,
one that you can never live again.
It is a moment well spent with a friend,
it is a time to make of yourself a masterpiece.
So that others take you in as their special moment.
A moment in time
is a deep breath
to cleanse the body
and build a spirit.
One moment in time
may connect you with your soul mate
It is a dance in which missing a step will
stop the music playing.
One moment in time is a time to be
mindful and calm,
still and in tune with nature
and your being.
It will be a “time to be free.”
Hopefully it will be the one moment for Peace and Love.
Please let me know what mindfulness is to you.