The water in your body contains primordial hydrogen formed in the first seconds of the Big Bang. The carbon atoms that formed you came together after the explosion of a supernova. The concentration of salt in your body matches the concentration of salt in the ancient seas. Your cells are direct descendants of unicellular organisms that developed billions of years ago. You see because chlorophyll molecules mutated, so that like plant leaves, your eyes can capture the light from the sun. And in your mother’s womb your tiny body repeated the whole process of multi-cellular life on earth, beginning with a single cell, and then developing greater and greater complexity.
“No. No. I’m never bored, that I can think of, anyway. And don’t you think it’s a terribly overused word?” – I answered a sincere enquirer recently. “Well, maybe”, came the reply, “but what do you do to fill in the gaps – the down-time when you’re on your own?”
So it happened that we got to talking about contemplation and meditation being as important as air to me. Bored? Never. I sat for a couple of hours this afternoon with just one paragraph from Judy Cannato. And that was before I’d turned to Mary Oliver’s latest collection! AND Spring is on the way …