Black Belt in Inner Peace contains short journal entries I have kept and continue to add to, as I go for a black belt in inner peace by endeavoring to move through each busy and sometimes stressful day with greater grace and ease.
Number 26: Understanding
While crossing the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, my mind slipped out of its pointless chatter into the present moment and I became one with it, and the world and I came to life. Across the water, the city skyline was clear and shining and behind the skyline the old majestic fog was rolling in from the Pacific. The beauty of the moment took my breath away and suddenly my whole being opened with a child’s sense of wonder and somehow I recognized that this was the way I felt nearly all the time as a child, but I’d forgotten how to be that way. Afterwards, I recalled the passage in Matthews that says “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” and I finally understood it.