Never Mind

In Natalie Goldberg’s silent writing retreats, she has a bowl next to her seat, where students leave questions and comments.

“Often they don’t sign them, but deposit anonymous thoughts folded up on a small square pieces of paper.

On a Tuesday in August I unfolded a square and burst out laughing. In pencil was written: NEVER MIND.

Can you see the whole action of thoughts in that moment? The urge forward, the grappling, then the letting go. I saved that little piece of paper in my wallet. The whole world in two words.”


How many times today can I take a breath, say NEVER MIND and mean it, use that as a reminder, and let go?

Thich Nhat Hanh’s practice pops to my mind.

“Breathing in, I calm myself. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.”

And I think to myself, “Breathing in, I calm myself. Breathing out, I smile – and say NEVER MIND.”

I wonder what this will help me let go of today?

Wonderful photo created by gnuckx via wikimedia commons, shared under the Creative Commons

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