How often do we really notice what our senses are telling us? When we wake up in the morning and open our eyes, do we notice that we can see? Do we stop to realize that we can hear the street noises, the sounds around us, the birds singing? Getting dressed, do we notice that we can feel the texture of the fabric of our clothing? As we get ready for the day, do we taste our breakfast and notice that we can taste? Do we wake gratedul to be alive? These are simple examples, but each of these things and so many more make up the fabric of our days. As we rush through each day we hardly notice the richness that we take for granted. Remove any one of these capacities and life is greatly diminished.
I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made.
Practice taking time to notice and be grateful.
For You have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.
Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.
Charles de Lint
i thank You God for this most amazing day;
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything which is natural
which is infinite
which is yes.