Monday, September 21, 2009

moment of mindfulness...seeing the butterfly

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People have said that I have a good eye. I am often pointing out things to others that they haven't seen. And when I am alone I often find things I wish I could share with someone else. Now that I have my little guy with me most of the day, I have a constant companion to share things with, but what is amazing to me is how much he shows me! Talk about having a good eye.

He'll often come running across the lawn to say, "I found a very special...." (you can fill in the blank with a many number of things: rocks, feathers, flowers, caterpillars, worms)

Why is it that children often seem to see things that we adults miss? They are in the present. They are not thinking about what they are going to make for dinner, politics, the conversation they had with their friend last week. They are fully engaged with their environment and living the moment.

I so appreciate my little little eye little bell of mindfulness.

I read this in Peace is every step by Thich Nhat Hanh recently. It is a poem written by an unnamed poet about a flower he saw and his awareness of it's true essence. I believe these are the eyes of a child, truest masters of mindfulness.

Standing quietly by the fence,
you smile your wondrous smile.
I am speechless, and my senses are filled
by the sounds of your beautiful song,
beginningless and endless.
I bow deeply to you.


  1. Beautiful post, you sound so happy. I love the name of your website :)

    I'm browsing via the Vintage Swap participant list.

  2. so very beautiful elizabeth, and so very true.
    i think you would also enjoy japanese haiku... "the four seasons" stands out to me.

  3. wonderful, really enjoying your website

  4. beautiful! and Thich Nhat Hahn's words fit your own just right. Here's to not only having a special eye, but taking time to use it...

  5. yes - your words really resonated with me this morning. Living in the moment and allowing ourselves the time to focus on what that moment brings is so essential to our inner happiness and peace. I love the writings of Thich Nhat Hannh - what an incredible gift he is to our world.

  6. This is so beautiful, and I agree with you completely. Oh to witness the true presence of a child is indeed a blessing!


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