Start at One

Today was the first day of work, after a long, much desired break to what was a forgettable year.  And I found myself becoming distracted often.

Leo Babauta, in his blog “A New Year is a Beautiful Fresh Start” mentions this phrase his Zen teacher told him.  Among other things, when meditating, you will find your mind wandering rather than focusing on your breath. The  suggestion is to start afresh, start at one.

It’s an idea I’ve heard before, cerebrally understood and practically discarded.

But today, I put it to use.

Yes, every New Year is a beautiful fresh start.

So is every day.

And so is every hour. And every minute. And every moment.

The mantra I borrowed from Leo was useful in the moment.

Today has been wonderful.