Sitting in a cafe right now, where, if you close your eyes, you will hear neither television and cell phone activity. The fact that I am on my computer at all is due to the kindness of the cafe owner, lovingly referred to by us as our ‘Illymahn’. I can hear doves cooing. Coffee cups being stacked. Families negotiating the morning.
Here, I am as Thich Naht Hahn writes:
I have arrived.
I am home,
in the here,
in the now.
I am solid.
I am free.
In the ultimate
Painting. Sketching. Long walks in dry olive groves. Just so simply to say, I am on a vacation with my family and this is all.
I have the blessed impracticality of multi-tasking.
Being distracted by dragonflies, German speakers, choral praises to the Virgin Mary as all of France paused in their vacations to honor the Holy Mother.
How about you? Where are you pausing?
I’d love to hear from you by way of a comment.
With love from Italy,
PS That laundry image above is by my German daughter Anna taken on a small island off the coast of Italy. Danke Anna!