By : Nikki Savage
“Within our daily experience as keepers of home and gardens the spirits still move and speak if we but attend. They slip in through the cracks, making themselves felt in little breakdowns in appliances, unplanned sproutings in the flowerbeds, and sudden moments of blinding beauty, as where sunlight glances across a newly-waxed table or the wind stirs clean laundry into fresh choreography.” ~ Jean Lall
There is beauty in the everyday. I only need to be still with it for a time. Despite all the noise of the world begging for my ear, I get to choose where my attention resides. And I owe it to myself, for the health of my spirit, to give my attention to this beauty.
These are the things that feed the soul. Simple joys and pleasures I often don’t even notice because I am just going through the motions. It’s easy to fall into the habit of doing the daily grind with my mind and soul separate from my body. Lately I’ve found life to be far too precious to just go through the motions for a single second.
So how then do I live a life fully embodied? How do I let my soul into each moment? I’m still figuring it out. But I start with the beauty, the art that is in every moment when I look at it right. When I view the seemingly meaningless with an appreciation in my heart for the opportunity to view anything at all, the ordinary can be transformed to extraordinary. Life can express art even in the darkest of times, times I tend to try to escape. Times I go on autopilot. But sometimes in seeing that art, some light can be found.
When I catch myself away from the task at hand, I reel myself back in with a breath. And I give my attention to my senses and find an alternate way to view my now. Right now a few birds are singing. The air is thick with unshed rain and holds the scent of smoke from a neighbors grill. A light is playing with an old bottle holding a crooked plastic poppy and casting a shadow of the flower on my wall. There is a breeze, almost imperceptible inside my house, but the gauzy prayer flags give it away.
Despite all the work left to be done I could focus upon and even more work to be done on my grieving soul, there is beauty to be found here. And there is healing and wholeness in its finding. These moments that have been slipping quietly by have the potential to be some of the best moments of my life. And so I will do my best to live them to their fullest.
What are you doing with your time these days? What beauty is offering its grace to your soul in your life right now? And how do you honor that in your life? How do you embody that? How do you allow your soul to experience the moment?
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