|Tremaine, the tree frog, Meditating on life.|
Then I mowed our yard as soon as I got home and we had family story-time before bed. What a GREAT day! I'm writing about it because there were two things that were very significant about the day for me. One was that I was extremely mindful the entire day. That kind of mindfulness is really wonderful. To experience it all day, and to be aware of it, was just amazing. For many, it may sound crazy that I'm even writing about something so utterly mundane. For some it will make perfect sense. And for those of us who have lived with obesity, it will sound like a dream. If you're thinking "So what?! I am in the present moment with my kids every day and play with them at the pool all the time!" then KEEP AT IT! Good for you! Many people live their whole lives without being fully aware of how wonderful it is. If you're of that obese group, and you've excluded yourself from family fun because of size, self-image or simply lack of energy, then I would urge you to read "Savor" or ANY book by Thich Nhat Hanh. The simple, clear wisdom he delivers is life altering. It was for me anyhow. We zip through life so much, so fast. It is nice, for me, to be learning to slow down, and pay attention.
The second thing that was so amazing about this day was that 1 year ago, I would have complained all day long about being outside in the 100+ degree heat, would not have budged from beneath the meager shade of the tables umbrella. I would NEVER have gotten IN the pool. I would have been mindLESS all day and miserable. Oh wait...I did....I did exactly that, this time last year. We had her party at the same pool last year and I was miserable inside, outside and couldn't have been any less so to be around. Now, one year and 105 pounds later, I'm so different in so many ways, and the day was absolutely amazing!
And to think...a little bald guy in a robe started all this for me by instructing me to stare at an apple, while eating it mindfully, and see the universe within it.
So thank you Dr. Cheung, for your wisdom. Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Buddha before you, for your simple, elegant, eloquent teachings and flicking the switch on in my head!