This Precious Moment
I look into your eyes;
a deep well invites me in.
I listen to your words;
their syllables envelop me.
I touch your presence;
a palpable energy showers me in light.
Illuminated, you leave me curious.
What awakens your spirit?
What makes your heart sing?
What do you love more than anything?
Here. Now. Together.
We live in this breathing, precious moment.
One of the gifts of my job is that I meet amazing people. Truly amazing people.
One of them is Katiuscia Barretta. We met through the Mindfulness@IBM community that I started in 2015. She was instrumental in growing our community and creating awareness of the value of mindfulness in the workplace. She wrote a series of blogs about the neuroscience of mindfulness and made connections with the qualities of working in agile ways and applying design thinking. We led four different 6-8 week mindfulness series during 2015 and 2016, and we are at it again right now.
Part of Kat’s approach is to close each week’s session with a short inspirational reading, usually a poem. She introduced me to some wonderful poetry (such as There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk). And, she invited me to share my own poetry. One week we came up short and I was inspired to write something.
This poem was inspired by practicing mindfulness with Kat and my colleagues at work.
* I took this photo from Dilek National Park in Guzelcamli, Turkey (which has a view toward Samos, Greece).