Just One Thing

"If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."  

I just read this Tibetan saying in a newsletter I subscribe to called Just One Thing: Resources for Happiness, Love and Wisdom.  A beautiful and timely reminder for this time of year when the temptation is to load ourselves up with all sorts of promises of change and resolutions. 

Here's a small excerpt.....

" In our complicated lives, it's important to simplify when you can, thus my focus on just one practice each week. Held in the back of your mind as an occasional reflection, or implemented as needed, these doable small efforts have large results over time. In the Tibetan saying: If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves. Meanwhile, you'll also be taking care of yourself: getting on your own side, treating yourself like you matter."

I've just ordered a book by the same author called Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. The book has 52 different practices – simple actions inside your mind – to light up the neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits. Similar to building a muscle in the gym.

The chapter for this first week of the year is called "Be for yourself". It explores what it means to take good care of yourself, treating yourself as if your moment-to-moment experience really matters and asking "what kind of friend am I being to myself?"

"It's the little things that count" is such a simple expression, but holds so much truth and wisdom.  I'm looking forward to having a small focus to direct my attention and intention towards each week of 2013.

Happy New Year to you!  Wishing you many minutes of happiness, presence and ease throughout 2013.

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