Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Book Club - June 27th

I can't believe I've been away from this blog for 2 months!  I can't believe summer solstice is over.  I can't believe the kids are out of school.  But I can believe that time flies and that there is huge value in learning to appreciate the moments we're in.  I've been practicing that.  I used to get crazy trying to keep up with things, to document the details, thinking that was what I needed to do to capture my moments.  Lately I've been rethinking that - thinking that I should instead be just living them as they come and not worrying so much if I forget them.  I trust that other joys will follow - as will sorrows.  As will aggravations.  But my practice is to focus on this moment.  And of course, I know that as in meditation, I will keep bringing myself back, over and over again, as I wander.  On my morning walks I've been paying closer attention to the feel of the air on my skin, listening to the birds as well as the garbage trucks, smelling the honeysuckle, watching the way the leaves reflect the light, the shadows are long at 6 am.

 We have lots of day lillies in the garden - and every day is a new configuration of color and shape.

My new Blend tec blender is a joy - my green smoothies are really smooth now.  And I'm so happy to have found this way to start my days!
I took a workshop on playing a digeridoo - and I bought a simple one to use.  It makes me laugh to practice flapping my lips, blowing out my cheeks, bringing whatever sound out of it that I can. 

Marcus graduated from Pre-K - and now we have summer days to go on adventures, anticipating the coming of his new baby brother.  These are the tumbling baby pins I made for favors for the shower we had for my daughter:

After a year and a half, I finally have progressed to a point where I have days without any back pain!  I am so grateful!
I'm happy to be back with you.  And if you'd like to see some of the fun and thoughtful experiences others in Jamie Ridler's Happy Book Club are experiencing  you can find them here - you're welcome to add your own!