The River: Hold the Moment by Lisa Baldwin

This post is part of the River of Stones guest post series. The River of Stones is our mindful writing challenge. Properly notice one thing each day, and write it down. Click here to find out more.  

Today we’re honoured to host Lisa Baldwin
Lisa writes: Gently, gently, we hold the moment in a cupped hand, wondering at it before it hops away.

We hold it up to the light; we respect its shadows.

We acknowledge its soft curves and sharp corners, and we see ourselves in them.

This seeing invites intimacy with our experience and surroundings – instead of scurrying past, we pause to befriend the world and know its stories.

This kind of attention deepens what it is to be alive – entirely, gratefully alive.

Without the attention, we’re just breathing in and out, and thinking nothing of it.

This is it, my friend – your moment, cupped in your hand.

This is your red wheelbarrow, glazed with rainwater.

Caress your meditation with poetry.

And see, see, see.

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“Lisa Baldwin. Curious monkey. Prolific ponderer. In love with kindness and the creative impulse. A playful Buddhist with a passport and a pencil. Kiwi, yet neither bird nor fruit. Currently calling Thailand home. Hello!”

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Photo by Whit Balance via Creative Commons, with thanks.

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3 thoughts on “The River: Hold the Moment by Lisa Baldwin

  1. Pauline Esson

    Beautiful.

    ” This seeing invites intimacy with our experience and surroundings – instead of scurrying past, we pause to befriend the world and know its stories.”

    Thank you, you caught me. I had lapsed into scurrying. I’m going to forgive my lapse and pause to befriend once more.
    It feels good already with just the intending of it.

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