Mindfulness enables us to cultivate a different quality of attention, one where we relate to what we see before us not just as an echo of the past or a foreshadowing of the future, but more as it is right now. Here too we find the power of kindness because we can connect to things as they are. ~ Sharon Salzberg
Sharon’s quote brings us to the here and now. We can see the beauty in simple things, the fruits of our labor and the tranquility of rest. I was struck by these images in at the floating market, a place where chaos can seem to reign until you notice the details.
Each individual paddling her or his boat was attentive in the crowded canal to every other person and their needs. The boats full of fruit or vegetables were objects of art, the empty boats like fallow fields. I felt blessed to be brought to moments of contemplation in the bustle of the market place.
Best wishes in the New Year,