|Ordinary sunlight, ordinary water|
How to get your linger practice in each dayThe key is to choose something very ordinary—something that you’re doing anyway. Then either—
- Do that ordinary event slower than you would normally do it.
- Pause at the beginning, middle, or end to notice and feel.
Practicing even a little throughout the day can infuse our life with a sense of “this is enough.”
*Cradle a cup of coffee or bowl of oatmeal in your hands. Maybe close your eyes as you chew or drink.
*Stay in the shower a few seconds longer than required to get clean. Feel and hear the water.
*Sit in your car before turning the key. Take a look at the world that exists beyond your windshield.
*Be the last one to leave a meeting. Take your time gathering your things.
*Stop before opening the door when you return home. Look up at the sky.
*Feel your feet warm as you snuggle beneath your blanket. Snuggle in even more.
May we all learn to linger in the perfect ordinariness of our life.
|Brownies, blue plate, blue candle|
Playthings, by Tagore
Child, how happy you are sitting in the dust, playing with a broken twig
all the morning.
I smile at your play with that little bit of a broken twig.
I am busy with my accounts, adding up figures by the hour.
Perhaps you glance at me and think, "What a stupid game to spoil
your morning with!"
Child, I have forgotten the art of being absorbed in sticks and mud-pies.
I seek out costly playthings, and gather lumps of gold and silver.
With whatever you find you create your glad games, I spend both my time
and my strength over things I never can obtain.
In my frail canoe I struggle to cross the sea of desire, and forget that I too
am playing a game.