This very moment is always the occasion

This slogan from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition is on a card that sits on a  shelf above my kitchen sink.

In the midst of busy mind chatter when I read this slogan it pulls me into the present.  In dance improvisation when you’re standing there in your body mind, ready to dance, and mind starts to take over with that  forceful busy-ness, what Trungpa Rinpoche calls 'subconscious gossip', remember this slogan. Then, suddenly you  are back in the middle of the event.   This is a part of the story about how I chose the title for the book, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing.