I believe the danger has passed. These days, as a gardener, the incident of frost is at the forefront of my mind. The final frost date determines when I can take the plants I have carefully grown from seed out from the safety of my greenhouse.
I believe it's time!
From January 20th, 2019.
To April 7th, 2019.
Gardening has the essence of mindfulness. It keeps me tuned to the rhythym of nature
For my mindfulness meditation class this week it made sense to start with Robert Frost's poem,
A Prayer in Spring.
The first stanza is a kind reminder to stay in the moment.
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil.
When I looked at Frost's birth and death dates, 1874 - 1963, I was surprised to see that he lived during my time on this earth - at least four years of it. I thought maybe some of my students might have seen him in person since many of them are at least 25 years older than me. It turned out that the first person to class told me he had seen and heard Frost several times. His wife went to college in the Northeast and Frost used to visit her college often when they were dating. It was a pleasant remembrance for him and a nice connection for us.
What helps you to stay in the moment? I'm not sure how to allow for comments yet on this site. Send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.