Texas heat index is rising steadily this summer. Kumar and I are trying to walk together at least a few times a week later in the evening instead of late afternoons.
As we were walking a couple of days ago, I spotted this road side beauty. Kumar did his usual rant-like-speech – “You better not stand there admiring that flower for next 10 minutes. I give you exactly 60 seconds. Admire it. Take a picture. Then, you are going to continue walking with me.”
I did just as Kumar instructed me to.
I don’t know what the name of this beautiful wild flower is.
It reminded me of a flower that Daddy used to bring from the market. It was called “vaada malli”. English name – Gomphrena globosa. Vaada malli had similar purple color, layered and spiky look.
This summer…pause wherever you are… at the beach, at the park, amongst the hills…or even alongside your own street… to take in a wild flower’s beauty.
Stay wild in your heart. And, go get ’em tiger.
Spring is in all her glory…here in Austin.
The chirping of the birds…if only, we would stop and listen.
Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time. – Edmund Spenser
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and they bloom during spring…to capture my breathe away.
I can’t enough of the beautiful roses in bloom everywhere.
It is such a beautiful sunny day here in Austin.
I got off my chair and went out in the sun and stood there for a few minutes…enjoying the howling wind and the bright sun.
Back to my desk and to do list.
Our souls are the very essence of who we are, therefore, they require nourishment just as our bodies do. – Unknown
I am typically running around like a nut case trying to get through the day.
Today evening, after a long day, I made a conscious effort to be mindful and be in the moment.
I made some chai for the boys and served it to them.
Then, I went out and sat down to enjoy my cup of chai.
I noticed the evening sun peeking through the trees.
I saw the bees buzzing around the grass and flowers.
I felt the nectar dripping on me from the pink flowers above.
I heard the birds chirping near and far.
I tasted the ginger as I sipped the chai.
I saw the sun setting. It made the blades of grass glisten.
Then, as the moon came out, I saw the lightening bugs flashing by me.
I just sat there.
I couldn’t have normally held myself in the chair for so many minutes.
My instinct would have been to hurry the boys through dinner, catch up on email, and get thru my never ending todo list.
The only reason I sat in the chair and was mindful, was because Lata Ji was with me. She was singing Ae Dil E Nadaan…just for me.
Here is her enthralling voice:
Her voice was so ethereal and although I didn’t understand a word of what she sang…I sat there entranced and absorbed in the evening….with so much joy and not a care in the world.
It was a special evening.
It is one of those evenings that will flash through my memory, as I draw in my last breath.
I hope you had a good evening.