To see the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wildflower
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake
This poem just speaks to everything that I would like to embody in my life. To be able to take something tiny, or seemingly insignificant and imagine it encompassing the universe seems to be the essence of mindfulness. I am not very advanced in the art of focus as of yet, but something that has helped me is to make mental list of things that bring me simple joy so that when I encounter them during the day I am more inclined to stop and give them my full attention.
In the spirit of the New Year, here is a list of twenty items that bring a smile to my face.
robins, chickadees, seashells, stars, night time, coffee, tea, candles, cinnamon, pine needle smell, haiku poetry, illustrations by gyo fujikawa, sashiko embroidery, chopsticks, Japanese food, wool socks, matroyshka dolls, origami paper, and naturally, anything by emily dickinson.
Perhaps you have a list of your own? I’d love to hear it!
Wishing you a magical year of small and expansive miraculous things,