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November 21, 2017

Thankful: A Ki Moment at Portsmouth Harbor

Thankful: A Ki Moment at Portsmouth Harbor


My early morning walk takes me by the waterfront in Portsmouth, NH, where I live. I see the sun rising over the fast-flowing Piscataqua River and the fishing boats moored nearby. I feel the cool autumn breeze and hear the seagulls calling to each other.

I have my headphones on, listening to an audiobook. It's a good story, and the audio takes me away from where I am in time and space. I lose my sense of place, and pretty soon I no longer see the harbor, feel the breeze, or hear the gulls.

But.... this particular morning the sunrise over the harbor pushes its way into my consciousness: Stop! Take those headphones off! Look, listen, feel. Be. Be present to the awesomeness of this moment.

And I had to take the headphones off. It was an exciting chapter, too!

I watched myself make the decision to stop, present-to-the-ki-momenttake them off and look around. It was very early and there was no one on the path. No cars, no people, only the river and the gulls and the breeze. I stood there and breathed and wondered at it all. It took my breath away, and I thought of the line from Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"...

The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake. 

So quiet. Just me and the sun and the harbor. 

No past, no future, just this...ki...moment. I was thankful I didn't miss it.

And I thought about that decision--that choice--to stop and center myself in the moment. Each time I center, I become open to possibilities that didn't exist before. And each time, I have to decide--to choose that path over another. And each time I do, I reinforce this quality of being.

In this week of Thanksgiving, I hope you, too, will find opportunities to center yourself and be present to the moment...

  • with your loved ones.
  • with your feelings of gratitude.
  • with what is.

Make the choice. Savor the ki moments, and let them take your breath away.

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