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Yesterday, while preparing for my guiding mindfulness meditation class, I pulled a card from a deck of cards I use, which said: Step Lightly.
The description urged the reader to spend some time intentionally moving through the day with an attitude more like a feather than a brick. It mentioned how so much beauty in the world is delicate, like butterflies, snowflakes, and the little dandelion seeds that float in the breeze.
I realized that I often find myself powering through my action list, crossing items off it with a deliberate slash of my pen, moving onto the next item with focus and determination, like a machine, a heavy brick-like machine.
The suggestion to step lightly, in order to embrace the delicate, landed quite nicely on me. Like a feather, in fact.
So, I used this as a theme for the meditation today. And while doing so, the image of butterfly came to me.
resting on a narrow branch,
moving gently in the breeze,
watching the day unfold,
and antennae sensing.
All the while watching,
everything in front of her.
After my mediation session, I googled butterflies and found this.
Thus informed, I carried this stepping lightly attitude a bit further into my day. I left the room, stepped outside, and went for a walk, and in doing so, moved into the day.
Stepping lightly, noticing fully.
Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices for Everyday Life by Rohan Gunatillake.
The Biology of Butterflies. https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/3643/files/2013/09/Butterflies-I-1em8d6o.pdf