What to say when nothing to say

Do you ever have those days when you're contemplative, but only on the inside; meaning, you're not so sure said contemplation should be shared outside my brain?

That's me, today.

I've been thinking a great deal lately about what it means to be present. To be in the moment. To enjoy the right-here-right-now. That's it...

THE NOW

Do you ever find yourself just stopping & listening? Or, stopping & watching?

I did that today; perhaps for the first time in several weeks. My pup, Dexter, was sunbathing on the deck. It was a glorious day, full of sunshine and warm breezes. I decided to stop what I was doing and just listen.

I closed my eyes. Shut out all thought. And simply LISTENED.

There a dog barking about a block away. A train blew its horn, far in the distance, several miles away. A scattering of periodic traffic distracted me, just yards away, at my street corner. The sound of a plane passed very high overhead. Birds were chirping in the trees all around me. A bug buzzed by my ear. And then...

TIME SLOWED

I slowly began to shut the noises out. It was hard, at first, but the extraneous noises eventually faded, as I tried to listen more intently...in a different way.

I could hear a slight ringing in my left ear; it's been present, along with some dogged dizziness for about 3 weeks now. I shifted my focus to enjoy the slow ebb and flow of my breathing. Then, I listened for my heart. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. It was an amazing sound.

I MARVELED AT THE COMPLEXITY OF MY BODY

And I realized so much was constantly happening simultaneously during that moment, and any given moment on pretty much every single day.

Think about it. Food is being digested. Red blood cells are being reborn. Oxygen is recirculated throughout my lungs and entire body, without having to even think about it. So many things are happening all at once, and without a single, conscious thought on my part.

I AM AMAZED

Whether you believe in God, a Higher Source, The Great Divine, or whatever/whomever you choose to call He/She, I never cease to be amazed at the WONDER of the human body and the CREATOR who gifted it to me.

I AM GRATEFUL

As I close, realizing that today's blog wasn't particularly profound (but then, do they have to always be?), I want to challenge you to stop from time to time, for even a scant moment or three, and enjoy, embrace, and

BE AMAZED AT THE WONDERFUL UNIVERSE LIVING WITHIN YOU. 

Watch. Listen. Enjoy. Be.

Cheers!

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