A warm welcome to my blog, I have to admit to some slight trepidation, technology would not be my forte, so deciding to include a blog on my new website is a challenge not only because it means I have to engage with technology more but also deciding to write some thoughts on mindfulness regularly and then post them online is a new venture and comes with some uncertainty….Will I have enough to write about? Will it be interesting for readers? Will anybody read it anyway? All unknown at this point, but it is good for us to move beyond our comfort zone and so here goes anyway….
I know many people currently have a great interest in Mindfulness and are interested in exploring how to live more mindfully. In the blog I hope to include some thoughts, reminders or prompts that may provide a space to pause for thought and reflection and that may support and cultivate our capacity to be more present in our daily life. I personally find everyday sights and happenings, quotes or lines of poems and songs can be prompts to stop, recognize that I may have been ‘absent’ or preoccupied. Whatever it is that has made me pay attention in that moment is a great gift, an invitation to comeback to whatever is happening in the present moment and basically show up to my life as it is unfolding right now.
I wanted to start today by appreciating the glorious weather we have been having. Spending time in the garden has provided so many opportunities to stop, wonder and enjoy nature in its fullness at the moment. We have a friendly pair of robins who have nested in the hedge and have raised 2 fledglings that fly about after one of the parent birds cheeping at them to ’bring back food!’ Just witnessing this I feel called back to just being in that moment enjoying their presence in the garden. And in this vibrant season of growth and new life we can use all that nature offers us on a daily basis as a reminder to pause, take a few breaths, and simply be in the moment. Nature can be a wonderful support to being more mindful, allowing the senses to open up to whatever is happening right now. Being present to it all.
Some lines from Mary Oliver’s poem ‘The Summer Day’ sum it up beautifully.
“ I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
New and Selected Poems: Volume One (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.)