Thich Nhat Hanh visited Google this week and I was lucky enough to go for the full day program. If you don’t know who Thich Nhat Hanh is, he is a Zen Mater. He’s 87 years old and very wise. The program started off with a wonderful vegan breakfast. We had chai spiced millet and a tofu scramble. The Google chefs sure know how to spice up the seemingly boring. Then we spend 15 minutes learning about how to walk mindfully. This is a practice that monks use daily. The basic principal is to be in the moment and walk slowly, with each step repeat I have arrived, I am home while breathing out and in with controlled breaths. We, all 500 of us, took a very slow mindful walk to the Main campus. It was a great experience because I was able to slow done, feel my body and clear my mind of most thoughts. Instead I was able to enjoy the beauty around me. I hadn’t realized that Google has over 15 different types of citrus trees growing along side the building, limes, oranges, lemons, tangerines. We also have this awesome garden with herbs, spices, and fruit and vegetable trees. Thai, as his followers affectionally call him, discussed mindfulness and his philosophies for a few hours and then answered questions from the eager participants. It was a beautiful event to be a part of. What I realized was that live is wonderful right now, and to be in the present moment adds great joy and satisfaction to your life. More discussion about the mindful lunch portion of the series next time.