Sunday, September 22, 2013

First Day of Fall

Today is the first day of fall. To celebrate, i picked up 8 pots of mums on my way home from the airport. The houseplants have come indoors. Mums are sitting on the front step. It's official. A new season is here.

Sometimes, the seasons of our lives have official markers--birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, marriage, birth of a child, death of a parent--but mostly, day rolls on after day with little noticeable difference.

"Noticing" is another word for mindfulness. We notice not only the big changes--of season to season, of leaving home and arriving at work--we also notice small changes, incremental changes. The light in the room is changing. Right now. The breath in your body is changing. Right now. Your heart is beating. Right now. Your eyes are shifting their focus. Right now.

I'm going outdoors now to notice the changes in the gardens. The tomato plants are dead. The summer squash production has slowed down. The broccoli and chard look ecstatic, now that the weather has cooled down a few degrees.

Simply sit still for a minute, and notice life. Your life.

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