It began to feel a bit stuffy in my home office, so I just opened a window. It only took a moment, but in the space of a heart-beat magic happened. My senses were aroused by the sumptuous melodies of songbirds singing so near it seemed they’d flown into my office to share their gifts with me. The scents of rain and the flowers beneath my window melded into a potent aroma of olfactory pleasure. Inches away, great multi-colored blossoms captured my eyes, each vibrant petal an invitation to soak in its beauty and experience its exquisite softness with a touch.
Living in that moment, concerns of deadlines, challenges, fears, and commitments disappeared. As I typed the last sentence, it occurred to me I’d not nearly enough emphasized the first word. LIVING! Really LIVING! That is what I’m doing when I remove the blinders of everyday distractions from my senses and heart and truly experience the wonders all around me.
A profound sense of gratitude, joy, connectedness, and peace envelops me. A bit of sadness too, for letting a lack of mindfulness and a thin pane of glass separate me from all these blessings. The sadness doesn’t last. How could it, when surrounded by so many miracles?