It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
– Mary Oliver, Thirst
“Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing…. Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
This is mindfulness.
Noticing the world around us, the world that God created. Noticing the blessings, the disappointments, and the things that at first glance, seem not to matter.
Mindfulness is fully realizing that God is in everything around us.
Mindfulness is an act of thanksgiving. It is thanking God for the dirty dishes or the small stones.
Mindfulness is an act of continuous prayer, opening our heart and mind and body to worshiping our Lord at any and every moment.
Mindfulness is one of God’s many gifts to us.
Lord, help me be mindful of every moment – and when I am not, help me center my life back on You. Amen.