The Little Things

I have recently returned to attending in person yoga classes and it was so nice to just say ‘hello’ to the yoga teacher and to connect again at the end to express thanks for the class. It may seem so little and insignificant, but I loved it. Its value was more apparent as this particular ‘little thing’ had been absent from my life for quite a while.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a well known mindfulness teacher, says, “The little things? The little moments? They are not little.”

A collection of lovely moments and details is what makes up the reality and the beauty of our life. Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up pursuing the ‘big things’, thinking that’s where success and happiness lie. Is this true? This is for each of us to observe for ourselves. What contributes to a sense of contentment and inner ease for you?

Maybe the pace of our life can get a bit fast and we miss the little things? Or maybe we just take things for granted, everything just becoming rather familiar? Or maybe we are caught up in virtual worlds via our screens? Can we go more slowly, pay a little more attention and be more tuned in to the moments?

Lying in my garden recently, I noticed sparkling dewdrops on blades of grass – absolutely gorgeous and kind of miraculous. Some stillness is required to catch such gems.

Rabindranath Tagore says, in one of my favourite verses,

“For many years, at great cost, I travelled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.”