Saturday, September 3, 2016
The Song of the Morning
The sun is only just creeping up to the horizon and a strong breeze blows outside my window. To hear the wind rustling the leaves in the giant Sycamore tree outside my window with a warm cup of coffee in hand is just one of those moments I am truly grateful for. To have a moment of stillness in the cool and dark, wind chimes making beautiful music, it seems as if I’ve left all of the cares of my world behind.
The days are so warm still and yet the nights begin to cool a bit. I love the changing time – those moments when Summer begins to move gently into Autumn. All the remnants of those childhood memories and feelings of excitement for the new school year, Fall activities, Halloween, Thanksgiving – I can feel them just around the corner and it makes me smile. I’m more than grown up now but I still hold within me that child-like wonder for all those moments I’ve lived up until now during this beautiful time of year.
In meditation this morning I felt a great peace unlike anything I’ve felt in months. It feels almost as if I’ve been running and running some made race to get to some unknown place and only now have reached the top of the latest hill climbed. I’ve slowed my pace now in this moment and am really just very much enjoying the view – this moment – this now. Another strong gust of sea air blows in through the open window and I feel so calm and peaceful still. This song of the morning has been so beautiful and so very sweet. It is a calm reverence that washes over me as I sit here in silence embracing the fullness of a collection of very simple moments spent ever so present.
These moments are rare in a very busy life but something within me wishes to slow down now in every respect and appreciate all of the moments with a deeper reverence and even more gratitude. What ever this is – a call from my soul maybe – I’m stopping and I’m listening. I do not wish to spend the rest of my days in a blur of activity without tasting each precious moment of life. It is so fragile, so fleeting and I do no longer wish to take even one second for granted. I don’t know what that means for my every day-work-a-day life. Maybe it is that I just allow this gentle shift within to take over – to take hold and breathe more. Maybe i learn better what it means to openly take what comes just as it is with ever deepening gratitude just for the gift of presence.
The light comes now and with it gentle gray skies. Wind rustles the leaves a bit more loudly now and I can see the bright pink blooms of the Crape Myrtle tree that also thankfully lives right outside my window. Such contrast exists in the vibrant pink blooms against the newly lit gray sky. It is really beautiful. I’m going to savor this day, every moment of it. I think I may go to the park this morning for a nice walk in the coolness before the sun chases away the more temperate air. I don’t want to miss another moment of this life and wish instead to gain greater appreciation every day for everything for the rest of my life. It is a fine goal - this...appreciation and gratitude. These things deepen the calm and peace within the soul. That is what I need most just now. I treasure this moment as I do all others and I hope to carry the undertones of this as the symphony of life plays on. I wish you all a steady stream of beautiful moments - the kind that lets you know gratitude always.
© 2016 Jaie Hart (photo/words)