We’ve all had moments when the ordinary suddenly reveals itself to be extraordinary. One minute the objects around us blend into the background, and in the next moment they come to life. Simple objects that in that moment of insight clearly carry meaning and memory and so much more. What once seemed a possession, is revealed to be a part of our story. All it takes is a different kind of attention for the illusion to change. And when it happens it is beautiful.
This month open some time to lean into this sacred form of attention and re-enter the world of ordinary beauty with fresh eyes. You could start by exploring the work of poets, such as those listed below, to help navigate a path into the beautiful and precious space of noticing.
Respond to the offerings below in any way that feels natural. Perhaps you’ll write a reflection; maybe you’ll spend a little more time touching, smelling or sitting with the beautiful objects that populate your life; maybe you’ll pull a lovely memento out of a corner it’s been lost in and put it in a place you pass daily; and you might just find your own way into this weeks reflection.
Ode to Things – Pablo Neruda:
Burial & To the Fig Tree on 9th & Christian – Ross Gay:
To the Mulberry Tree – Ross Gay:
Ode to the Women on Long Island – Olivia Gatwood:
Ode to Thrift Stores – Ariana Brown:
Ode to My Socks – Pablo Neruda:
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2019 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘BEAUTY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)