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Archive for April 6th, 2014

By N. Cardoso

As Anne Morrow Lindbergh says on her book Gift from the sea ‘…One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding, how little one can get along with, not how much. Physical shedding to begin with, which then mysteriously spreads into other fields. Clothes, first. Of course, one needs less in the sun. But one needs less anyway, one finds suddenly. …’

Last night, for the first time on this New England spring season, I was able to go to bed and keep a couple of windows open in my bedroom. Just a perfect night, not windy, not cold, a shy moon sleeve peaked over us, and stars that went from one side to the other of the dark blue night.

I live in this little loft on the beach, which gives me the perfect opportunity to exercise my soul on the shedding process since there is just so much I can buy or have in this little place.

After a peaceful and well slept night my senses started waking up to the morning sounds. With my eyes still closed and half of my consciousness still sleeping, I can hear the sound of the waves breaking on the shore; birds chirping greeting the morning sun; the sweet smell of the brine creeping into my bedroom through the open windows; the fresh morning air reaching my face, first inviting and enticing, them  bringing me to a sense of complete peace, union and harmony with this little world around me.

I lay there for a few more minutes, with my eyes still closed, letting the harmony and beauty of this moment run through my body and senses, thinking on all the little things, like these precious moments, that I have in life but sometimes, get too entangled on the business of living a busy life; or waiting for things to be perfect; or people to be better; or because I am scared to be hurt; or even more scared by the thought of being loved; or for whatever reason or excuse I can present myself with, and forget to pay attention to, and most importantly to be grateful for all the little things I do have, and the things I can do to change, not just inside myself but on the world around me to make it even better.

We are all blessed in so many great ways, but let’s not forget that the sum of the little ways are the ones that, in the end, makes this a life worth living to its fullest.

Have a blessed Sunday.

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