Shaken By Life’s Beauty, Shaken


As I found myself at another depressing day at work with nothing to do (after about three consecutive months with nothing to do) I’ve started to find sites to visit and other things to do to fill my time when I would normally be working.
I found this article on Leo Babauta’s blog and wanted to share it with my readers.

It starts with this quote and then goes on with Leo’s writing from there. Enjoy:

“You lethargic, waiting upon me,
waiting for the fire and I
attendant upon you, shaken by your beauty

Shaken by your beauty
Shaken.”

~William Carlos Williams

“This morning I awoke, meditated in the quiet dark empty room, and then went to make my coffee.

The world outside is wet, and the raindrops patter upon the leaves of the lemon tree, with its bursts of bright yellow.

My kids and Eva asleep, at peace.

And as I drink my coffee I think of you, dear reader.

And I am struck by the beauty of this world, and the fragile human lives struggling to make their way within it.

And shaken.

The pain and stress and anger and sadness and loneliness and frustration and fear and cravings and irritations that we will experience today … they are made up. We can let them go as easily as they arise. They are unnecessary, if we realize that we’ve created them for no good reason.

Instead, see the beauty in every moment. In every person’s so human actions. In our own frailties and failures.

This world is a morning poem, and we have but to see it to be shaken by its beauty, over and over.”

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Sadly I feel shaken almost everyday I go to work. I feel shaken because there is no stimulation for me. I enjoy being busy and enjoy having things that keep me busy. However I have to look at the situation as it is: beautiful.

I’ve felt each of the emotions Leo write’s about while sitting at my desk for 8 hours a day with nothing to do: The pain, stress, anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, fear cravings and irritation.

I’m working on taking one hour at a time during the day and finding something to do while we have nothing to do. The hour should be beautiful and not something that causes pain, sadness or irritation which I’ve let it do to my life.

Sara Sawochka

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