Noticing Light

Living as far north as I do, we can go days without sun, so the solstice and its hope of lighter days to come is always welcome. As a practice in mindfulness on this winter solstice, I opened my eyes to light, in as many ways as I could.

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I noticed the light as the sun rose beyond the trees, as I walked to work.

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I noticed the light on a snow covered gate, in a garden that will be green and breathing in a few months.

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I noticed the light glinting off the snow and ice on a dormant plant.

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I noticed the fading light as I walked home, a pink band straining the gray sky.

As I stopped to take these pictures, I reminded myself about the importance of these pauses in my day. It was a promise to myself that I would pay attention, to the light around me and within me.

I notice. I notice. I notice. I notice.

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