It’s the Summer Solstice. My husband calls this the lightest day. (The Winter Solstice is, of course, the darkest day.)
We have sun and the bluest sky. There’s a breeze running through the house, in and out the open windows, playing tag with itself. It’s carrying the scents of cedars and maples, warm from the sun. There is the dusty, sweet smell of arbutus leaves, and the perfect scent of wild roses blooming next to the studio window.
The house is quiet at the moment, only George Winston’s Forest album playing on my Ipod.
I am at my studio work table, writing. Iced coffee at my side, in a decades-old McDonald’s “Good Morning” mug. Another mug next to it, half full of cold water from our well.
This is Heaven.
My days are made of Heaven moments, when I remember to become present to my life and notice what is here.
These moments remind me of my Dad. We began going for walks together when I was three and he was thirty-three.
Our walks were slow, not only because of my toddler legs. We were slow because we were busy noticing beauty, pleasure, and joy, noticing the day we had around us.
Stop and notice the perfect, round, grey stone at our feet. Notice the feel of the wind pushing against our bodies, and the sound it makes as it moves through the branches of the fir trees. See the clouds scraping the tops of the hills, leaving tatters of white behind. Notice the hot, earth smell of the dust clouds raised as we step, and the sound of crows we cannot see, squabbling over something they both desire.
This is beauty, pleasure, joy, receiving the gifts the day offers me.
Yesterday I didn’t do so well at noticing. Now I am making up for it, deliberately moving slowly, feeling one by one the pleasures of today.
When I allow it to be, this is Heaven.
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George Winston, music Forest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Winston