“The mind can go in 1000 directions, but on this lovely path I walk in peace.
With each step a gentle wind blows, with each step a flower blooms” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village walking meditation song.
It could be said
that I have not been
so mindful, after all;
despite mind thinking to the contrary.
your beautiful offering
right in front of my face.
Wearing glasses would have helped, true.
More so, not having this decaying
obsolete brick wall, supposedly protecting
me from being hurt again
from the outside,
which otherwise reveal
fields of blooms beckoning connection.
And receiving no shortage of suitors –
crawling, walking, flying, buzzing,
even bouncing to dance or gaze
in your golden-glow presence.
Sitting silently in the morning as your petals unfurl
feeling sun’s heat and shine
after their nightly embrace.
Me, hearing the magical, meditative sounds
like golden prayer flags fluttering gracefully
with varying winds
as other’s in nature come excitedly calling.
Thank you for now being so obvious,
practically neon yellow, orange, golden
givers of pollen, beauty and joy.
With my eyes open
and the wall partially taken down
it’s clear that you’re almost everywhere.
If I can see your brightness
there’s also hope I will see
less obvious conditions of happiness
which are already in and around me.
So wonderful that you are also
as there is less water this year
and I often do not
have much to say.
Another fruit of my interbeing with our California state flower is this fun, calming meditative video: 3 minute Golden Poppy-Powered Relaxation.
Hope you enjoy it!
State law makes it a misdemeanor to cut or remove any California Poppy plant growing on state or county highways or public lands, except by authorized government employees and contractors; it is also against the law to remove plants on private property without the permission of the owner (California Penal Code.)