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  1. Honeybuns4

    The sunrise early in the am as the light creates stars on the lake. The colorful flowers that greet me each morning as the birds sing their songs of praise.

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    When something triggers me to here and now. That could be deliberate eg meditation or just awareness. Or it could be an appreciation of something mundane or awesome or that the mundane is in fact awesome.

    1 year ago
  3. Layla

    How we reflect and appreciate the gift of life most at times of death and loss.
    “You taught me the courage of stars before you left
    How light carries on endlessly, even after death
    With shortness of breath
    You explained the infinite
    And how rare and beautiful it is to even exist
    I couldn’t help but ask for you to say it all again
    I tried to write it down, but I could never find a pen
    I’d give anything to hear you say it one more time
    That the universe was made just to be seen by my eyes.”

    “Saturn” by Sleeping at Last

    1 year ago
    1. Honeybuns4

      That is so beautiful. My husband didn’t say it with words but he provided me everything before he died, I miss him but appreciate everything he left for me. Everything that surrounds me today is his gift of love.

      1 year ago
    2. O.Christina

      Thank you dearly, Lydia.

      1 year ago
  4. Maeve

    Waking up on a first, snowy “snow day.” The luxury of seeing the falling snow from my warm bed. Everything and everyone seems to get more quiet and still.
    And the blanket of white snow creates beauty on everything: on houses, trees and cars in the parking lot…

    1 year ago
  5. KC

    It is -4C here. The sun is shining brightly on a few feet of light, fresh powder snow. It has stopped snowing, and is too cold for the snow to start melting, for now. It is quiet, peaceful, and a perfect time to move outside to savor the fresh air.

    I think Mary Oliver was onto something …

    1 year ago
  6. pkr

    Hearing the birds singing this morning. Have not heard them in awhile as it has been raining a lot here. It was a pleasant surprise to hear their chirping & singing. Joy in the morning…..❤️

    1 year ago
  7. Emmaleah

    When I reflect upon the numerous times I have been given grace; how its is an utter miracle for me to be alive considering the choices I have made in the past. Others have not been so lucky. Yet here I am, with a beautiful 5 year old son who is my sunshine and also a complete miracle and blessing. My life is full of beauty, despite my many hardships and tribulations– and I am grateful.

    1 year ago
  8. Nicki

    Today’s question reminds me of a quote from one of Emily Dickinson’s letters, “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

    What has helped me is to establish habits and practices, rituals if you will, that keep me grounded in the present moment. Noting the phases of the moon, hunting the wildflowers each season, growing things from seed, learning to identify (give attention to) the birds that frequent my backyard.

    When I go about my daily routine, when I walk the same daily path again and again, I try and approach it with the mindset that within what seems like the very familiar, there is something new that can be discovered. Each moment is wholly unique in some way, each sunset or snowfall or summer thunderstorm, is something that will never appear or happen in quite the same way ever again. That adds a sense of novelty and possibility to the everyday, to the mundane.

    1 year ago
    1. Malag

      Thanks Nicki. This resonates with me, touches on how it is for me. I’m glad to see how you describe it.

      1 year ago
  9. Mica

    Sigh! 😔

    1 year ago
  10. Barb C

    Pausing to be fully aware in the moment.

    Looking at the sky and feeling the immensity.

    Becoming aware of something about how my body works and being amazed at how seldom I need to think about it at all (I know I’m fortunate to have very good health).

    Thinking about all the chances and odds, generation after generation from the beginning of life on Earth, that resulted in me being born.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Barb C – I was thinking ‘clouds’ in answer to the question. I love watching them change, out my windows.

      1 year ago
  11. Marnie Jackson

    Plants growing in the spring, my children when they are sleeping, students who show great resilience

    1 year ago
  12. M

    Witnessing the passage of time – a short month ago my Japanese maple tree had turned fire red for the fall , now it holds it’s last few leaves before standing bare. In a few more months it will light up again with its spring color and then settle into summers green. So I guess what I am trying to say is when I am fully alive and awake I notice life – the old, the young, the present that I am privileged to witness.

    1 year ago
  13. Holly in Ohio

    everything. 😄

    1 year ago
    1. Barb C

      That makes sense!

      1 year ago
  14. Nelson

    Last Sunday, at the last family lunch, I was sitting next to my dad. He’s elderly. He pulls out his cell phone to show me what recipe he’s going to make next. I saw his hands shaking. He kept on talking but I mostly just focused on his hand. Instantly I got a little emotional, thinking “I still have you here. And being with you right now feels right. Nothing else in the world matters.” I love spending quality time with my dad.

    1 year ago
    1. d

      Being present, I guess that is my answer for todays question, that kind of love. Not needing to grab hold of, worry or even express, just being present.

      1 year ago
    2. KC

      Thank you so much Nelson, for your reflection on the family lunch your Dad.

      I have spent this week with my elderly father, and fly home today. I find it difficult to be with the feelings of being here with him, and knowing that this too shall pass. Perhaps I will focus on the very small moments, miracles and gifts he brings, just as you have done – to make it more manageable to take in. My Dad is remarkable in so many ways. Now seems a good time to take that in more deeply, breath by breath, and truly appreciate all that he is. Thank you!

      I appreciate Christine’s reflection as well, that feelings help us open to the miracle of knowing that we are alive and that we exist.

      1 year ago
    3. Mica

      Thanks, Nelson – I channel my dad as my hand shakes and struggles to do some small thing like threading a needle. His hands shook from such a long age, and it feels good to remember him when my hands shake.

      1 year ago
    4. Barb C

      What a wonderful moment to notice and fully inhabit.

      1 year ago
  15. Maurice Frank

    Spending a moment with our elderly cat whose existence is impermanent, as is mine.

    1 year ago
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