Gathas are verses, often about journeys, which promote mindfulness. The form was first used in the Zoroastrian Avestas and was later adopted by Jains and Buddhists. In contemporary Buddhist practice, they have been popularized by Tich Nhat Hahn.
There’s a train going past our house
Where could I take it to:
Darwin or Perth?
There’s a car going past our house
Where could I drive it to:
Cairns or Bourke?
There’s a boat going past our house
Where could I sail it to:
Sri Lanka, Madagascar,
Santorini or Crete?
There’s a plane going past our house
Where could I fly it to:
Ulan Bator or Marrakech?
There’s a path going through my heart
Where could I follow it to:
Extinction or Rebirth?