Stop briefly today and notice the fragrance of something sweet and soothing. Take note of how stopping and inhaling something lovely (a piece of ripe fruit, the top of a child's head when you bend down to kiss him or her, the freshness of morning air) can relieve you of worries, by guiding your awareness to the present moment. This relief may only last a few seconds, but still...it is relief. May we all open to gratitude for the grace of even one second of peace this day.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for your thoughtful comments on my last post. Really, it's not THAT big of a problem...but this was the one point of frustration/reactive behavior that came to mind when I was sitting with Nancy that day. You gave me some new ideas I had not yet considered. In a brief exchange with my friend Karen at Square Peg People regarding the clay tenderness heart on Friday's post she commented on how cool it was that heart showed up when it did. In response, this gem showed up too: "...it is amazing that in a single moment (if we are graced with awareness, just then) the message/lesson meant for us to see/hear/learn right then, presents itself (or perhaps it is that we have present-ed ourselves?!!)"
Perhaps it is obnoxious to quote oneself, but these wise words spontaneously arose and felt like they were coming through me, not from me, therefore I offer them to you with the humbleness of a vessel who happened to be present to the message.