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based on the alphabet I designed for
Marianne Williamson’s book, Illuminated Prayers.
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This article in today’s NYT Dining section gave me food for thought (sorry, couldn’t resist!). What would the experience of eating be if approached with mindful consideration, if one took the time and made the effort to really taste the different flavors present, feel the textures, appreciate the colors of what is on the plate or in the bowl, to experience all of this in silence?
We live in an always-on, always-connected world; constant distraction is our default state of being. How much more would we enjoy our food if we truly immersed ourselves in the various sensual stimuli that food itself provides?
My plan for dinner tonight is a pot of chick-pea soup, with a plenitude of roasted root vegetables and kale and parsley stirred in. I’m going to make the preparation of this meal a mindful act, and the consumption of it a mindful act as well. I want to see for myself how changing me changes the experience.
My husband sent me this article this morning, and I thought I’d share it with you.
I think the points it makes about small communities are applicable to the small virtual communities we create online as well.
This one, Performing Small Acts of Kindness, really leapt out at me, for a number of reasons. This past Sunday would have been my dad’s 90th birthday; we lost him almost two years ago, so my loss is roughly contemporaneous with the author’s. I, too, have been doing little things to honor my father’s memory. (Strangely, this week, I thought I saw him walking along Northern Boulevard, more than once. So, he’s close, and watching over me.)
It is so easy to be kind to another person. It is so easy to be kind, in just a moment. Just holding the door for the person coming up the walk behind you, smiling at a neighbor rarely seen, saying “Please”, “Thank you”, “You’re welcome” (the last, instead of the de rigueur response of “No problem”). These little things that take a second or two make ripples that travel out beyond you, beyond the recipient of your kind act, and into the world at large.
I’m going to commit to being more mindful of these momentary opportunities. Maybe this is how we change the world, by choosing to be kind, one moment at a time.