We always have a poem after our meditation session, this evening I chose this one from W.S Merwin - it's a wry and poignant reflection on mindfulness, a gentle reminder to pay attention to the joy that may be present in each moment.
Denise Forbes-Cline has sent me this fantastic image of a butterfly taken in Key West on her honeymoon in 2007 - many thanks Denise! Now, close your eyes and just imagine, the brightest most beautiful butterfly is right under your nose!
The trouble with pleasure is the timing
it can overtake me without warning
and be gone before I know it is here
it can stand facing me unrecognized
while I am remembering somewhere else
in another age or someone not seen
for years and never to be seen again
in this world and it seems that I cherish
only now a joy I was not aware of
when it was here although it remains
out of reach and will not be caught or named
or called back and if I could make it stay
as I want to it would turn into pain