These are the feet of my two year old. Little feet learning to create ripples in the puddle. Little feet learning to create footprints …
Every night, right around 11:00 p.m. I sneak into my 7 month old daughter’s room to give her a bottle. I pick her up. She resists very slightly at first but quickly snuggles up to me. She settles down with her bottle and drinks at a quiet steady pace. The next 5 minutes. Quiet reflection. Intense love. An amazing warmth. I kiss her on her forehead. Once. Maybe twice. Sometimes she will sigh. A baby sigh.
Every night. Every single night. This is my meditation. And I would not trade it for the world.
A LITTLE VARIATION TONIGHT
Quiet house. I am still reflecting on the simple joys of life as I sit down with my laptop. I get lost in cyberspace very swiftly.
A few minutes later, I get a calendar reminder:
I had a small argument with my husband tonight. I did not think too much of it. I was irritated though. But he had taken the time to meditate. He perhaps reflected on how insignificant that argument was in the larger scheme of things … and then decided to do something about it.
I was touched. I forced myself to “meditate”. Reflect on all the wonderful things our relationship has offered over the years. All the good times. And how we have grown … as individuals, friends and a couple.
And then I was interrupted by this:
DO WE MEDITATE OFTEN ENOUGH?
I wonder what I would have done if my husband did not “nudge” me as he did. Would I have gone to bed and woken up to our argument …encouraging the silly argument to take a life of its own? Perhaps yes.
Relationships, experiences, careers. The greater the rewards, the harder they challenge us. And when they do, let us take a few minutes to meditate. Refocus. Enjoy some memories and celebrate some accomplishments. Most often, those annoying challenges just go away. And if they do not go away, they just get small. Really small.
Isn’t is amazing what a little change in perspective can do ?