Over the next few months, I’ll be on a blogging odyssey based on what Library Journal called my “folk etymology” with words. I’m in the process of working on my book based on the same premise. It’s call How To Live in a Body. To your radiant health!
re- = again
-memoris = mindful
Lately, young friends of mine have taken to invoking the great god Alzheimer when they forget things. (Be careful what you invoke!) There are all sorts of reasons we forget things and Alzheimer’s isn’t the half of it.
Stress, to be sure, is one major reason although I think most of the reason is so that we actually make the opportunity to remember! Amazingly, Old French defines the word member as a part of the body.
Do we ever forget and leave our hands and feet at home when we go to work? Not usually. Memory is a Divine gift to us all.
A few years ago, a dear friend of mine forgot my birthday. It came up in conversation about a month later, and although I was fine, she felt terrible. I told her that stress will do that to us—she was renovating a house, moving her office, and doing everyday life all at the same time!
At the same time, something about me had been on my forgetful friend’s mind. When she had the opportunity to remember, she was mindful again.
Mindfulness is a state cited by the Buddha as awake. When we forget, maybe we’re just asleep. Ask: How can I stay awake to all the members of my world today?
I am mindfulness itself today. I remember what I need to remember and I forget what I need to forget. It’s easy to tell the difference.Posted in Practitioner Blogs, Spiritual Alignment | Tagged asleep, awake, Buddha, conscious, consciousness, forget, forgetfulness, memory, memory loss, mind, mindfulness, remember, spiritual, stress |