Each moment of daily life is an opportunity to arrive in the present moment. Gathas are short verses that we can recite during daily activities to help us return to the present moment and dwell in mindfulness.
As exercises in both meditation and poetry, Gathas are an essential part of Zen Buddhist tradition. Using a Gatha doesn’t require any special knowledge or religious practice. Nor does it adhere to one style or structure. It only follows the rule of leading the reader back to their present moment of existence.
Here is my attempt:
“The reflection of a reflection is your reflection
Upon the surface mirror of a pool,
Being slowly filled by the very source of the life
You first reflected on.
Now jump in the pool!”