Anyone interested in mindfulness, meditation, and present moment living might want to check out one of my favorite new books: A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life. While this is a study of the Tao, I think the meditations would be helpful for people of any (or no specific) faith.
Whew, I guess I'm on a "harness the zen" kick this week, huh? I blame it on the contradiction that lives at the core of my days lately.
We have been spending hours each day meandering through parks inventing games of ogres and princesses, runaway frogs, and space traveling bears looking for porridge.
These lazy, child-led adventures are spectacular fun for all three of us. But I have to work hard to keep my mind from switching into list-making over drive (pack for the weekend, mow the lawn, review materials for meeting, deck plans, chapter 9, blah blah blah). Even knowing I have time for those things later, I find it difficult not to keep turning the lists around in my head, pruning, adding, and modifying them....
Instead, I should and more often than not do, just enjoy the park with the girls. I play a pretty impressive ogre at this point!
Soon they'll want only their friends to play these games, and I'll have plenty of extra time to tackle other things. Maya is close to that already. While it lasts, I need to stay present. Make lists and cross things off when it is time for such efficiency. Play, encouraging the creative light within these girls, when it is time to play.
Change nothing... Everything changes.
Gems worth Re-Reading
About Growing Baby Doing Good Together Elliot Rose Family Rituals Fie Flora and Fauna For the Love of Learning Greenish In My Opinion Just for Laughs Just for Me Making Tinkles Maya Mindfulness Mmm... So Tastey NaNoWriMo News of the Day Noveling Photo Friday Sewing Sisterly Love Sweet Dreams The Chicken Ladies the end Tonsils We like to Move It Move It Wonderment