‘… I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?’
Mary Oliver reminds us ‘how to be idle and blessed’ in her poem ‘The Summer Day‘. Her numerous beautiful poems are a reminder to us all to take time out, do the things that are important and to enjoy the moments that we are in. We can overlook so much of the beauty around us in favour of what is mundane yet seems necessary.
So if you are taking a summer break, an afternoon off, or a few moments in the garden – be there fully and enjoy it completely. Notice the tiny things and express your gratitude. The important moments of your life are those idle and blessed seconds when we feel a connection with nature and with our loved ones.
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach