The hugeness of the ordinaryPosted: December 7, 2011
My yoga practice was teaching me how to pay attention to my everyday life in a way that was beneficial to myself and those around me. I was getting a glimpse of the hugeness of the ordinary, the sacred beauty of the everyday.
~ Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison, Meditations from the Mat
I read that yesterday and thought, “Yes! That’s it!” I have struggled with describing what a daily practice has done for me over the past year (and 70+ days), whether that practice is stepping onto the yoga mat or stepping outside every day. The quote I began this post with sums it up well with “the hugeness of the ordinary” and “the sacred beauty of the everyday.”
Although I didn’t have those words for it until coming across them yesterday, that is what I have learned, and felt become a part of my daily practices. The hugeness of the ordinary. The sacred beauty of the everyday.
That is an amazing payoff or gift to be given simply for honoring a commitment to get outside every day. It is akin to being given new eyes. And now I cannot imagine not going outside every day, not experiencing the ordinary and the everyday with new eyes.
Since today is my birthday and everybody knows birthday wishes are extra special, I want to make a wish for you: The gift of new eyes so you, too, can see and experience “the hugeness of the ordinary, the sacred beauty of the everyday,” with a daily practice of some kind. Step outside, make a gratitude list, take up mindful cooking or cleaning or anything you can think of that you can practice every day. Go out and discover for yourself “the hugeness of the ordinary, the sacred beauty of the everyday.”
And if you should take me up on it, please come back and let me know how it’s working out for you. I know it can be a struggle to honor a long-term commitment like that, an everyday practice. But we do that sort of thing all the time without thinking too much about it when we do our daily chores or go to work.
It is another gray and cloudy day here in the Bogs. In case you’re wondering what it looked like around this time last year, you can find photos in this post. We usually have snow by now. The only snow I’ve seen lately has been falling on my blog and not in the Bogs.
Well, I guess that’s it from the Bogs on this date which will live in infamy. Thanks for visiting. I’ll bring some flowers with me tomorrow. The LovelyMan (aka M) gave me some for my birthday. 🙂