I am honored when I can just walk along with someone for a while.
Slow, mindful, gratefully satisfied eating!
Hazel expects her morning walk, and this is not negotiable. This is our morning contract and my expectations don’t matter. She will enjoy it no matter the weather, and I might as well accept the challenge to enjoy it with her. I try to join when she pauses, holds up her head and sniffs the ambient air. Life is signaling from every direction. This is how it feels, being alive.
To do my tasks and remember to notice all the gifts of wonder.
Sense of my body’s weight, rising up from gravity. It centers and “grounds” me…literally, actually. From here I enjoy the dancing of all the other senses.
Out for a walk this morning, I passed the house of someone I’ve seen regularly and spoken with a few times over the years in Friend’s Meeting. She was on the front porch, talking with someone (about 12 feet distanced from each other).
I said “Hello, Christine,” and waved. She said “Hi, Ed, how are you?” and waved back.
My body tingled at the joy of actual connection, at the sound of a familiar voice I’ve not heard in so long.
I can listen to my wife!
She would agree. 🙂
Another breath, no small gift these days.
Lift eyes and see light on plants, rocks, birds.
And another breath…
I love making beautiful, meaningful things and hope to make more.
I am thinking of the moments when the look on someone’s face has said “You didn’t see me, you didn’t hear me.”
Not something I wanted to see, but it spoke to my heart “Is this the best you can do? Can you try again?”
A moment of grateful awareness is its own reward. Positive reinforcement happens automatically given a small opening! Very likely to be repeated. It’s the easiest of practices!
The cup of fear and pain, I can’t control when it may be filled.
The cup of joy, I can choose to fill that cup.
It’s good to have a thankful place prepared when I need a change of mind.
Re-imagining my life with pain and loss of physical agility, maybe not what I’d like, but that’s my meaningful work right now. I’m grateful for a fine dog who gets me out and walking, something I can do!
Thank you for the kind assumption.
Whenever I open my heart to life’s wonder (which is everywhere), the wonder of life (a bit of color, a baby burping, the wind, the sound of my hands rubbing…) …as I was saying… the wonder of life feeds and fills my heart. I become whole and am healed. (Was it my own closed heart that was wounding me? Well, sometimes I still react.)
Everything I think, see, hear, touch, love and feel, I feel in my body, and whenever I notice, I have a grateful feeling, usually as ease of support, joy of breath and warmth around my torso.
Waking up to the silent world after a heavy snow.
(There has been no snow this winter….)
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