The Plum Village website describes gathas (the Sanskrit word for verses) as:
Gathas are short verses that help us practice mindfulness in our daily activities. A gatha can open and deepen our experience of simple acts which we often take for granted. When we focus our mind on a gatha, we return to ourselves and become more aware of each action. When the gatha ends, we continue our activity with heightened awareness.
I've spoken before about the power of verses to help compel us to a deeper and more mindful state (see: Zen Master Doc The's Book of Mindfulness) and how that positively affects the rest of our lives.
Because of this, I decided to create a free PDF filled with 20 of these such verses to help you cultivate more mindfulness and find greater peace, joy, and freedom in the present moment.
I wrote these verses with the intention of helping you live a more mindful life. The practice of mindfulness has transformed my life, but it's not easy to continue with a strong and consistent practice, so verses such as these used intelligently help greatly.
How can you use these verses? You can:
- Create a pocket book of mindfulness, as I spoke about here.
- Apply one to a wallpaper on your smartphone or desktop using Over: http://madewithover.com/(Apple), Phonto: http://www.phon.to/ (Android) or Canva: https://www.canva.com/ (Desktop computer).
- Write one on a poster and place it in a prominent place such as your bedroom, bathroom, or office.
No matter how you choose to use them, these verses for everyday life can serve as powerful reminders to go home to yourself in the present moment.
And the best part? The PDF is completely free to newsletter subscribers. Just fill in your name and email below and you'll get the download link sent straight to your inbox: