Suspended in a raindrop

Water drops on Crocosmia

A moment in the garden… A break in the summer rain and the sun sparkling through.  For a few minutes, the world lay suspended in a raindrop.

Raindrop suspended from crocosmia flower

Crocomia flower and raindrops

I’ve been enjoying dipping into Thich Nhat Hanh ‘Peace is Every Step’, its just so packed with wee reminders of how to return to oneself, using all the ways that modern life distracts us as reminders to be mindful.  Like, just taking a moment to be with that flower in the garden, with that raindrop.  He shows that the path of mindfulness leads to a completely holistic, environmental way of looking at, feeling, and then caring for, the world.

“Our body is not limited to what is inside the boundary of our skin.  It is much more immense.  It includes even the layer of air around the Earth, for if the atmosphere were to disappear for even an instant, our life would end.  There is no phenomenon in the Universe that does not intimately concern us, from a pebble resting at the bottom of the ocean, to the movement of a galaxy millions of light-years away.  Walt Whitman said, ‘I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars…’ These words are not philosophy.  They come from the depths of his soul.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, ‘Peace is Every Step’

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