You decided to go for a walk because you knew the fresh air would do you good. You looked out of the window and you hesitated. It was raining. But, after a momentary pause you decided to go anyway.
You walked along the path and you stopped. There was something special – the light perhaps? There was a break in the rain and the sun appeared. The land looked brightly illuminated against the dark storm cloud sky and there was the smell of petrichor, the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.
You notice the minor detail of the veins in a leaf hanging from a beech tree. An insect that lands on the leaf strangely anchors your attention. And now you are present to all the rest of this banal, ordinary moment. You become aware of raindrops landing on you as the rain starts again, and the sound of lambs in the distance.
There is nothing special about this moment that touches you and makes your body and mind still. You don’t need beauty or strangeness to stop the flow of your movements, thoughts, and plans. You stopped because this moment is unique. Never again will you see exactly what you are seeing now. Because never again will you experience exactly what you are experiencing now.
Find joy in small moments.
Just be aware that you are here, alive.