Day of Rest: Small Stone

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Today, in more ways that one, I am jumping into the river. One way is I am starting a 30 day blog posting practice, The River of Stones. The simplest explanation is that this practice leads one to “pay more attention and fall in love with the world.” Each day, you “properly” and fully notice something, sink into the moment and really see and experience it, write it down and share it. Much of what you’ll notice–especially if you are as boring as me (I’m not complaining or apologizing, this kind of life is necessary to my sanity and my art)–is quite ordinary.

The key is to be here, fully connected with the moment, paying attention to the details of ordinary life. By taking care of ordinary things-our pots and pans, our clothing, our teeth- we rejoice in them. When we scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing appreciation: friendship toward ourselves and toward the living quality that is found in everything. ~Pema Chödrön

This seems like a really good way to start off a year of “retreat.”

Today’s Small Stone

Morning of a new day, dawn of a new year–the sky clear blue and wide open with a golden edge. A wisp of white cloud floats slowly south as my heart opens–to the day, the year, the sky, the light.

  • Good morning beautiful new day, beautiful new year.

2 thoughts on “Day of Rest: Small Stone

  1. Kimberly F.

    I love the River of Stones. One of my resolutions is to actually keep up with my journal–the paper kind–and starting off with a river of stones seems a lovely way to begin.

    Today’s stone: Soaking up the sight of my sleepy child emerging from her room this new year, clad in princess jammies. Every morning, she comes down the hallway with a bashful smile that turns into a pleased smirk upon sighting either parent. She reminds me that every morning ought to be a jolly event, because it’s a new day! Rather than look at the day as being filled with things things I ought to do, I can look at the day as an open slate, to be spent as I design it to be.


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