Enjoy Reading This Post.

“Breathe in, and enjoy breathing in." 
"Breathe out, and enjoy breathing out.”

Patrick Cassidy Sensei, from Aikido Montreux, was here teaching a seminar recently. While instructing us in an ukemi exercise he told us to do something (basically a way of rolling around smoothly on the mat), and then he added the instruction to “enjoy doing” what we were doing.

Huh…

Until that moment I had seen enjoyment as a passive thing that might or might not happen, depending on the circumstances.  But he presented enjoyment as a deliberate, volitional act. “Enjoy doing this.”

It’s something I’ve been exploring since: Enjoy driving to work. Enjoy washing your hair. Enjoy pulling weeds.

I was reminded of it this morning, when Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, was leading a meditation at the Plum Village Online Monastery, and gave the instruction above, about breathing.

Enjoy.