Thursday, May 22, 2014

With Gratitude

A blank sheet of paper can be intimidating. Or it can be exhilarating. And, it can be a tool for discovery.

The final 2.5 hour session of my eight week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course meets for the last time Tranquil Space tomorrow. Nineteen other beings have made the journey with me through Jon Kabat-Zinn’s life changing program.

We explored qualities of mindfulness — noticing thoughts, emotions and sensations in the present moment, without judgment. We practiced sitting, walking, eating and listening, and cultivated loving-kindness.

This afternoon, I pulled out several pieces of blank card stock as I contemplated a gift to my MBSR teacher and fellow students. 

The seed of an idea emerged to wish each person well-being. Then, the words of a loving-kindness meditation arose, back lit with the soothing colors of soft turquoise and celadon. 

Moments later, when the paint dried, I added a prayer to each card.

I’ve tucked them away for tomorrow. 

The metaphor of a blank piece of paper is apropos of life. Especially my life over the last  eight + months.

I’ve rediscovered blank pages as an invitation of spaciousness to begin again. With a beginner’s mind. With an open heart. 

Details to come.

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