July 15th, 2011

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

Pause -

Life has been very busy of late, busy in a joyful way, and the busyness is allowing, or perhaps strongly suggesting,  that I be even more aware of the importance of pausing to take note.  Where is my attention?   And so back to the breath and that important rest.

I read the diaries of Etty Hillesum many years ago.  Today I come across this quote by Etty:


Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

- Etty Hillesum



You can read about her here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum
cirque du soleil trapeze

Summer -

This poem reminds me how fun it is to hop on a swing, and pump the legs and arms,  and sail into the sky.   It is the pleasantest thing an adult can do too.


The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!


Robert Louis Stevenson