By Marian Connor

I was thinking how pleasing spring blossom is. How its frothy presence indicates the world is waking from winters slumber. The explosion of colour and life on branches is so full of promise.

And yet it is so short lived, we are reminded of fleeting beauty and our transient lives, it’s understandable why many cultures see spring as a reminder of mortality.

In 1994 Dennis Potter in interview with Melvyn Bragg, the last before his death, spoke of the blossom tree outside his window,

“Last week looking at it through the window when I’m writing, I see it is the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom that there ever could be, and I can see it. Things are both more trivial than they ever were, and more important than they ever were, and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter. But the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous, and if people could see that, you know.”

Living in the moment takes practise, it is not something our culture and lifestyle nurture in us. We need to try and develop a practise of awareness ourselves so that we can appreciate the “nowness of everything.”

This article in Psychology Today by Alice Boyes has some suggestions on ways to engage with mindfulness and enjoy the world around you.

Here is a moment of calm for your day.

 

Post updated by adding a YouTube clip on the 14th April, 2015

Image: 8 in the universe – Blossom in King Edward Memorial Park, London

YouTube clip – One Minute Breathing Exercise

 

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Photo of Marian Connor and black text saying "Always looking over the horizon to discover treasures to share. Often times whilst partaking of a fine red."