Everything can be a meditation in motion. A constant letting go and an exercise in counting your blessings.
Fall is in the air. It might be a little early, but I can feel it. The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler.
Late summer is really my least favorite time of year. As an introvert, I look forward to the slowing down of fall. A time of introspection.
We have apple trees but we don’t spray them, so we have lots of sickly apples on the ground right now. These apples attract groundhogs, which, needless to say, aren’t very favorable for our garden. Therefore, we try to keep the apples picked up and put in our compost bin.
As I walked outside this morning and saw the amount of apples everywhere, I felt totally overwhelmed. There were so many! Although I was enjoying the crisp autumn air, I was not looking forward to my apple picking chore. It had been a rough few weeks for me, a list of things weighing on my shoulders that I won’t bore you with, but I just wanted to be curled up with a cup of herbal tea rather than dealing with mushy apples.
I grabbed a bucket and started gathering the rotten, wormy apples.
As I dropped each apple in the bucket I began to name one thing that was weighing on me.
Stress at work, into the bucket it went. Baby issues into the bucket; estranged family issues, into the bucket. And on and on, I gathered apples and let go of everything that was weighing on my soul. I gathered apples until I ran out of worries to label them with. (I told you there were a lot of apples!)
And when I ran out of worries to drop in the bucket I began to count my blessings.
With each drop in the bucket I named something I was grateful for. I began to notice that the gratitude apples far outweighed the worries and stresses. A sense of calm and peace came over me as I realized (once again) that all I have is all I need. A few years from now, I will not even remember what those worry apples were all about. Every time my mind wanted to wander back to worrying, I returned to labeling the apples.
Everything we do in life can be turned into a meditation in motion. Washing dishes, folding laundry, pulling weeds. It’s all the same. They are all bells of mindfulness, an opportunity to release what no longer serves us and an opportunity to say a prayer of thanksgiving for our blessings.
I went back outside later in the afternoon only to find that the areas I had cleared of apples were covered again. At first I was discouraged and wondered why I had even bothered. And then I realized it is the perfect metaphor for life. We let go of our worries and then they creep back into our minds. We become grateful and then we quickly forget our blessings. Just like the apples falling to the ground, we must continually let go and then focus on gratitude. Like most things in life, remembering to be mindful is a circular exercise. It is a constant letting go and refocusing.
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. – Thich Nhat Hanh
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