Lately, the term/word "mindfulness" has been showing up from several directions. Mindfulness has played a big part in this day that is getting us ready for the week to come. Today, time has been well spent, due to a mindful beginning. I hope you've taken some time to have a few mindful moments, as well.
Some moments of this first day of this week have been quite serious in contemplation and conversation and commitment to a project that will impact our future. The quiet has been compelling and nurturing of some necessary thinking, planning, creating and forming.
But the day has also been filled with some laughter. Not aimless laughter. Mindful laughter that has added to the strength, calm and purpose-filled-ness of this day. In a few hours it will be tomorrow. Time does march on.
I began the day with some poetry by Robert Morneau. I conclude it with his own thoughts from The Color of Gratitude on...
When one looks deeply--
into the heart of a budding hibiscus,
at a full moon rising,
under the words of affection--
When nothing is slighted or taken for granted--
snowflakes falling on one's tongue,
a smile across a subway aisle,
the breeze gently thouching summer leaves--
When hurry is denied and time is taken,
when breathing is deep and food is truly tasted,
when all is done with gentle deliberation--