Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Rose is a Rose

A rose is a rose is a rose. Gertrude Stein, 1922.

Behold: the rose:

Pay close attention, be fully in the moment. This is mindfulness.

The inexpressible beauty of nature reminds us we, too, are organic.

We are not mechanical, not race cars, we do not need to "go from zero to sixty in sixty seconds" to prove our worth.

... glory does not stay / And early though the laurel grows / It withers quicker than the rose... A.E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young,

So, as you go through your day:
  • Engage in each task with full attention, without anticipating the next task.
  • When you read something interesting, take time to let it sink in.
  • Notice your body's responses; at the first sign of tension take a deep breath, relax. 
  • If you're hungry, fully taste every bite; stop when you're full, appreciate that feeling as well.
  • When you realize you've been rushing around, stop and smell the roses.

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