Beautiful Poem

A beautiful and profound poem on living in the now.

The Alchemy of Attention

By Steve Taylor

When a mist of multiplying thoughts fills your mind

associations spinning endlessly

images jostling and memories whirling

free-falling through your inner space

you can always bring yourself back to now.


This morning, making breakfast for the kids

I catch myself day-dreaming and with a gentle mental nudge

Remind myself of where I am

And straight away the kitchen clutter turns to spacious presence

A mosaic of sunlit squares across the floor

Fading and brightening with the passing clouds

The metal rims of stools firing sparks

Steam-curls floating over cups

Reflecting silver spoons

The perfect stillness of spilt coffee grains

The gaudy yellow and blue of detergent bottles

And the window smudges exposed by sun.


Everything perfectly still and real

Everything perfectly itself

Attention is an alchemy

That turns dullness to beauty

And anxiety to ease.




About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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One Response to Beautiful Poem

  1. meg says:

    It is as it says – a very beautiful poem and we all need that nudge to see what is now.

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