The Art of Noticing :: Noticing Nature

I am not an optomist.
I tend to see
the things that annoy me
Before noticing

the mud grown to grass
the soil erupting with hyacinths
the cherry blossoms busy at their dance
and the dandelions, saucy after a long hibernation.

Touch the ground today.
Lay your hand on the tree
that stands,
four seasons long
as a sentinel on your street corner.

Say “thank you”
to the season
as she turns, and turns,
and turns again.

And find in exchange
springing forth in your
optimistic heart.



What about you?
What are you noticing about the natural world around you? What is Nature whispering to your heart?


Th Art of NoticingThe Art of Noticing is about practicing presence in accessible, everyday ways. It decreases resistance, increases gratitude, and opens your eyes to what Mary Oliver calls your “one wild, precious life.” Learn to notice in The Art of Noticing, a 30 day practice group beginning May 1st. Click here to join me.

Stephanie Ladd April 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

During the month of April at my home in North Carolina our yard is aflame with redbud, dogwood, and azaleas. When I stepped outside after the rain washed everything clean there was a cacophony of birds twittering and singing. I had a moment out of time and place –feeling as if I were in a tropical rain forest.

Julianne Tutko April 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

Sit outside during my lunch hour and absorb the sunshine!

LaLa April 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

hell yeah Magpie Girl. Hellsyeah

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