This will be my fourth year doing August Break with Susannah Conway. She describes it this way,
This is a community project that has no real rules — the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there. If it’s the summer where you are it’s a lovely way to be present to the moments that will be gone before you know it.
Putting together my breakfast feels like making an offering. I made the bran muffins yesterday morning, with a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. The secret is the blackstrap molasses (which the recipe doesn’t call for) and yogurt (which it does). The muffins are soft and sweet, but not too sweet. I add two kinds of berries and some dried plums to the bowl. I pour myself a glass of cold water, (I gave up coffee at the beginning of the summer). This is the same breakfast I’ve been eating for months. I’m like that, prefer a routine, am satisfied for long periods of time with the same thing on repeat. I enjoy the ritual.
Most mornings, I eat at my writing desk. Because I was later than usual this morning, the sound coming through the open window just over my head is the sprinkler rather than the birds. The whole house fan is on so there is a small breeze. I take out my notebook and write today’s date, realizing it’s time to turn my calendar to a new month. The quote for August is from Caroline Myss, “We are the means through which the world changes. When you pray for change, it is you that is going to change, not the world around you.”
Before I eat or write, I meditate. I usually sit for 10 minutes. I might take a few sips of water, eat a berry or two, but mostly I’m just sitting, breathing, relaxing into the morning, into myself. When I’m finished, I open my notebook and start to write, taking breaks between words to eat a few more berries or take a bite of my muffin or drink more water. I write at least three pages, front and back, every day, no matter what.