Over the past two weeks I took an unplanned break from blogging... it's just the way life worked out. And given some ongoing family situations, it may be necessary again. But right now, I am here! And right now, more than ever, I am focusing on the present moment.
I recently read a section in Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way on "attention" that really got mine. She writes about standing knee-deep in the flow of life and paying close attention. Then she takes it further, reminding us it's what we put our attention on that counts. She paraphrases letters from her grandmother:
"Yes, Dad's cough is getting worse, we have lost the house, there is no money and no work, but the tiger lilies are blooming, that lizard has found that spot of sun, the roses are holding despite the heat."
Cameron says her grandmother had figured it out that: "the quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention."
This woke me up, made me yearn for delight in my everyday moments. So now, I am paying attention, deepening my capacity for delight.
Yes, my dad's still struggling in the hospital, there's water standing in my daughter's closet, money is tight; but a whisper of hazelnut steam rises off my favorite coffee mug, a beam of morning light peeks through the window lighting up a single sunflower, the birds outside are singing a song of freedom...
Blogging is such a lovely way to capture - and share - moments of delight. I'm happy to be back.