The simplicity of this quote speaks volumes to the busy mind. As we get caught up in the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the holiday season we do but the opposite of less. In the midst of being busy and getting everything done just in time we breeze through the days and the weeks, and the holiday parties, and the feasts. It is on the morning of January 1st when we finally stop, and realize that our year has past, presents were opened, food was ate. We may even find it hard to recall these special memories due to the mindlessness we hold in this time of the year.
So as you prepare for the holidays, wrapping presents, buying gifts, preparing food, remember to do these acts more simply. The buddhist call an unmindful mind a ‘monkey mind’ and only when we train it is when we truly taste freedom. Our monkey minds can hold us captive from our days, special memories and the people we love most. Simple acts of mindfulness can radiate in everyday life activities.