On one of the calls during last year’s yearlong retreat, I heard the Guide say something along these lines: What if the point is to enjoy life? Those words powerfully interrupted the endless ego conversation of figuring-out-and-scanning-for-what's-wrong-and-how-to-improve-and-be-the-right-person-living-the-right-life.
I’m so grateful when that reminder to practice enjoyment drops in via a recording or in some other way. In all kinds of circumstances, even the challenging ones, it seems that the process of enjoyment is available.
Here are just a few of the many things I enjoyed on today's walk:
-- The smell of the earth coming back to growth as the ground begins to thaw after winter
-- Vibrant sunshine-yellow daffodils
-- A sweet little dog licking my hand
-- Green grass – spring is happening!
-- Smiling – at other humans, creatures and everything!
-- The joy of moving the body -- feeling the feet walking, legs moving, breath flowing
-- Green buds on trees that will unfurl and become leaves
-- The feel of the warm air on my skin
-- Soft white, purple and pink blossoms that make my heart soar with their tenderness and beauty