The sun is out and the birds are singing in such a way that reminds me of something I read long ago, that the frequency of their song at the beginning of spring invites the leaves to come forth. I can certainly believe that today. I feel a readiness to sprout.
My daughter-in-law just learned she was accepted into a master's program at the London School of Economics. She and my son will spend a year in London, September to September. I am excited for them and looking forward to a visit or two. :)
I'm reading Real Happiness, The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg. I am determined to stick with a meditation practice this year as I continue to read of the benefits.
At the Insight Meditation Society, someone once created a mock motto: "It is better to do nothing than to waste your time." I loved it. Doing nothing in this case really means not doing many of the things we usually do, like holding on to or hiding from our experience, so that we can get new perspectives, new insights, and new sources of strength. Sitting quietly and observing mindfully is a particularly productive way of "doing" nothing. The poet Pablo Neruda speaks of this in his poem "Keeping quiet":
... If we were not so single minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
...Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.