“There is a consequence of paying attention…”
My friend, Honey, is excellentat paying attention.
It’s one of her super powers.
Here’s her April 14th Facebook & Instagram post (day 10/100 of 100 Days of Wholehearted Living, Honey Trabitz):
My knees are wet from dropping down onto the sidewalk to look at this beautiful blossom surrounded by all the blooms decomposing around it. Do you see the wee heart shape in the very center of it? Nature!! I mean.... 😮Today was initially a frustrating trip from Point A trying to get back to Point A with a beast who wants to smell all the things, pee on all the other things and has a timeline expectation that differs from mine. It was rainy, windy and my bladder was full. I had just yanked on his leash and immediately felt terrible. I was behaving like an impatient jerk on a walk that we both usually love and look forward to. I was distracted and just wanted to be back home. When I looked down and saw this everything shifted, and it happened quickly. Beauty does that for me. It slows everything down. Which is to say it drops me down into a much more present (re: wholehearted) space.
A few days after reading Honey’s post, I stumbled on Mary Oliver’s words:
There is a consequence of paying attention… And as with prayer, which is a dipping of oneself toward the light, there is a consequence of attentiveness to the grass itself, and to the sky itself, and to the floating bird. I too leave the fret and enclosure of my own life. I too dip toward the immeasurable.
for these women and their invitations to pay attention,
for a writing practice that reminds me to pay attention,
for the peace and sweetness paying attention brings.
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
“When I looked down and saw this everything shifted, and it happened so quickly.”
Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and surroundings alive in the moment. Don’t stop to think or edit.
Accept ALL that you write - the pretty & ugly; absurd & boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...