Looking at our wildflower garden yesterday, I was reminded of one of my favorite poems.
Ten thousand flowers in spring
The moon in autumn
A cool breeze in summer
Snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things
this is the best season of your life.
I came across this poem about fifteen years ago, and was immediately drawn to it. It's interesting how my interpretation of it has evolved over the years. When I first heard it, I looked at it in more of a big picture way. Throughout my life, I have always felt that the best time of my life was where I was at then. I know it seems unlikely that life just keeps getting better, but in my experience, it does. While I have fond memories of the past and I may go through difficult times, I seem to have become more content, happy and peaceful as my life journey has progressed. I hope it continues that way!
When I read the poem now, I see it as a lesson in presence. That is something that has been an important part of my learning the past few years - the ability to just be in the moment rather than letting my runaway thoughts take over my life. As Eckhart Tolle says (paraphrased), "In this moment, you have no problems." It is hard not to be grateful and full of joy when you can stop the incessant thoughts crowding your head and be present with whatever you are doing. Hear the songs of the migrating birds, feel the cool breeze on your face, see the beauty of a cat reclined in the sun, savor the taste of a ripe tomato fresh from the garden, smell the aroma of fresh basil pesto - these are all things that give me joy. Yet I can't enjoy them unless I stop the thinking and simply be.
What does this poem mean to you? I'd love to see your comments.