Friday, April 9, 2010
Setting the Tone
Can you smell it too? I walk past this jasmine everyday and bury my face in its sweetness. Always the same sense: divine scent. I had a new thought, though, yesterday. I just couldn't believe the aroma was natural. Aside from someone's hands planting it into the earth and giving it love, this flower exists entirely for nature, by nature. This morning in yoga, we were asked to think about the things in life we are grateful for. It was this blooming jasmine that came to my mind. It's my feelings of gratitude that reminds me this plant won't always be there. Or, now that I think of it, maybe its the other way around. The fact that it may or may not be there tomorrow, that it might not rain, or that, in a few months, it won't be in full bloom -- that is why I am grateful.
Speaking of gratitude, I am grateful for this past week when I tried to be as spontaneous, accepting and receptive as possible. The tone is set for openness and expansiveness. And without it, I probably wouldn't have gone last minute to see Patty Griffin at the Fillmore Wednesday night. She's one of my favorite living songwriters and definitely puts on a show that it not to be missed.
On the poetry front, I'm really looking forward to reading Laura Moriarty's new book A Tonalist. I came into work this week and there it was on my desk. So grateful...
Here's to long days, springtime and music.