Meditation in a Coffee Shop

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I slip the mala from my wrist and begin moving my fingers from bead to bead.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I think of those sharing this space with me and hold them in my heart.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

My eye catches the plants growing in the middle of the love of this community.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I hear the sound of a little girl beeping her plastic horn.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel my breath.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel the connection between those conversing around me.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I marvel at this experience of meditation with eyes open to the world around me.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I recognize the need to keep my eyes wide open to the world, always.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I wish more people could find the courage to open their eyes.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhanvantu.

I let the world soften for this moment.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel gratitude for my hands.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel gratitude for the tears that have found their way out in recent days.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I give myself permission for my practice to be what it needs to be in the moment.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I think of my sweet girl and the hope that lives within the love in her heart.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I wonder if my coffee will stay warm (truth, because the mind wanders).

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel connection to all of those around me, in this room and to the far reaches of our planet.

Lokah Samastah Sukihno Bhavantu.

The sun shines through the windows and fills my soul with light.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I feel safe in this place.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

The wood, the coffee, the conversation grounds me.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

I am reminded that home is in the heart and we carry it with us wherever we go.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

We must keep our eyes on the big picture, on the future that is built from the now.

Lokah Samstah Sukhino Bhavantu.

When we feel the connection and feed the connection we grow the connection.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

May all beings be happy and free.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

All beings all beings all beings.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

May my thoughts words and actions in some small way contribute.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

May my life be a contribution.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

To the happiness and freedom for all.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

For all for all for all.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti.

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