Gathas: Mindfulness Verses

It was great exploring gathas(a.k.a. “mindfulness verses”) with LG a couple weeks ago.

Gathas are small verses or poems which we use to help us in our mindfulness practice. Usually we learn them and recite them silently to ourselves whilst we engage in different activities, such as washing the dishes or riding on the subway. For example:

Waking up this morning I smile.
24 brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in the present moment
and look at all being with eyes of love and compassion.

They help us to focus our attention on what we are doing and to cultivate joy. Reciting a gatha allows us to return to our breathing and enjoy the present moment.

Typically you would print or write a gatha on a piece of paper and then post it where you do the activity. When you go to do the activity, you will see the paper and it will remind you to recite it. We can use gathas that we find inspiring or write our own. Click here for some pre-packaged gathas.

A big thank you to LG-ers who have offered to share their awesome gathas below.

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