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.