I know from Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentary on this exercise ( Exercise 15 in Blooming of a Lotus), that the Buddha called on his monks and followers to do this meditation on a daily basis, so that their fears and anxieties are welcomed into consciousness rather than hidden away. When I do this meditation I feel something more, that each moment of life is absolutely precious and somehow I am communicating this to all that I connect to. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
A few years ago at dawn one Summer morning, a friend and I pedaled to the top of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. This is possible and pretty easy because Australia is the world’s oldest continent and Kosciuszko (7,310 feet or 2,228 metres tall and named by Polish explorer Strzelecki in 1840) has been weathered over millennia into a place more rounded than its younger, steeper and craggier equivalents elsewhere on the earth. But that’s by the by. The thing is that when we got there not only were we alone at the highest point on the world’s biggest island but up there it was absolutely, utterly, wonderfully silent. No wind and no wind through leaves (no bushes or trees), no chirruping insects or croaking frogs, no twittering birds or lowing of cows, no distant bark of a dog on the breeze, no traffic, no lawnmowers, no voices.