WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Sunday, July 31, 2022
(written on 11/22/02, when I was still teaching)
Paying attention to something always makes that thing clearer and deeper. This is a truth with magical powers. If I am attentive to a book as I read, the book invariably becomes better, richer, more powerful. If I am attentive, really attentive, to my students, they grow stronger and more capable before my eyes. If I am attentive to the present moment, that moment – any moment – grows stronger, more intense, and more exhilarating. Attention is to anything what sunlight and rain is to plants. Attention feeds and energizes whatever it is focused on. Today, I will try to be attentive to each moment, and therefore I will have the pleasure of watching each of them sprout and spread and blossom.
Below, a scene from this lucky morning …
THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT (Sharon Z.,82, Blessings, CT) At her age, she says she has more scraping-the-heavens kinds of days than she ever had in younger years. She has little money, so she’s always surprised by the grand scale of her life, the way, over 8 decades of years she seems to have slowly come from a cave into sunshine, and finds herself now on the spectacular summit of old age, with a trove of young talents inside her, and all her worries fallen into a silent and bottomless hole. It happened, she says, when life, not she, became the center of attention and this galloping good life took her for a ride and shouted This is what it’s all about!