Every now and then I pick up the book Everyday Blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. It feels like each sentence of the book is packed with wisdom. Whenever I pick it up, it tells me exactly what I need at that moment.
Last night I read a passage that I found to be so beautiful and true. It feels especially poignant in this time as I grieve the passing of my grandmother. It read:
“Children embody what is best in life. They live in the present moment. They are part of its exquisite bloom. They are pure potentiality, embodying vitality, emergence, renewal, and hope. They are purely what they are. And they share that vital nature with us and call it out of us as well, if we can listen carefully to the calling.” p. 92
My sweet Emmy Rae and her two little cousins have been such a healing force in this sad time- not only for me, but for many family members as well. While I grieve the death of my last grandparent and feel a heaviness in my heart, I simultaneously celebrate the life of this beautiful soul who brings me light.