How to be Present
I keep forgetting to show my progress on a cross stitch project I started last week or so. This is for our grandson and it might be an ornament to hang or a framed picture depending on which is easier for me. I am loving that the fabric is 14 Aida count and I can see it. Honestly, having older eyes is challenging. While I do enjoy the cross stitching and it reminds me of all the cross stitching in the past, knitting is my comfort zone. I don't really use my eyes for knitting like I do for cross stitching.
This week has been glorious weather. I walk daily early in the morning when the elementary school bus does its rounds and I eagerly wave to the bus driver and the kids. Actually I wave to just about everyone that passes. The air is crisp and fresh. So so beautiful.
On my walks, I try my best to be present. I go through my five senses to notice what is happening at the moment. For instance, I look for five different things, then listen for four different sounds, then feel three different things, then smell two different scents and lastly one taste.
sight: leaves changing, dog walker, cars passing, school bus, stop sign
sound: birds singing, car passing, the wind through the trees, tree frogs,
feel: feet hitting the ground, Frodo's leash in my hand, sleeves of my clothes,
smell: garbage day!, freshly cut grass
taste: lingering coffee
You could do five items for each sense but I usually do not eat while I walk and I can't smell much unless it's strong odors. Let me know if you try this and tell me what you you think.
Two days ago I saw this little fella staring at me. He is bold and refused to move, lucky for me I was far away and I zoomed in for the photo.