August 18, 2011

In Praise of the August Tomato

Hallelujah!, yellow and green weekly pickup at First Root Farm, our local CSA (community supported agriculture) farm in Concord, MA, yielded a rainbow of August tomatoes today. This has been a hard year for our finicky tomato friends, too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, falling victim to fungi and hornworms; so these August jewels seemed even more precious as I carried them home.  Each year I am reminded that freshly picked August tomatoes, still warm from the sun, taste like nothing else in the world.  I sliced the tomatoes, tossed them gently with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and a touch of freshly ground black pepper. The epitome of a mindful moment; all five senses heightened.  I am again reminded that life is delicious.

August 13, 2011

Mindful Moments

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."  ~Robert Frost

What road did you travel this summer? Did you make time to diverge from the usual to find the extraordinary in the ordinary? Mindfulness is about stepping off the well traveled road every once in a while to notice life as it unfolds in the present moment and not in the rearview mirror.  I am grateful for these moments, which cannot be planned or anticipated but simply appear when one slows down to the speed of life. 

A few glimpses of my summer mindful moments are represented in the pictures below. I invite each of you to share reflections of your summer mindful moments, moments when the ordinary became the extraordinary, through photos, poems, or prose with my blogging community.  Please email me your submissions and I will share them in future blog posts.

Lake Michigan Sunset