I've been writing about the 'cracks,' those poignant, emotionally-charged times that come up in our lives that are so important. Today, I'm taking a moment to rest, recover, and recharge by spending time enjoying the beauty.
There are, even in the midst of hard days and weeks and years, wonderful things happening. And it's so important to notice them!
Right now, just by being aware of those wonderful things, I nurture myself.
As I sit this morning, I notice that:
The windows are open, and it's not hot at all, just beautiful.
That just-ripe peach that I had for breakfast was delicious.
I love the cicadas and katydids going wild outside my window. They sound just like late summer.
There's a small and vibrant sunflower in front of me, the first one that bloomed in my garden.
I have the time to just sit here, no pressure or hurry this morning.
My breath, as I pay attention to how it feels, is spacious, unhurried, and lovely.
I am here, enjoying this moment.
How about you? What are you enjoying right now?
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.