Here I am before class this morning, wearing my Art Project outfit (stained white pants that I died purple yesterday and the red top that was a sundress that I cut down into a shirt). Purple and red. Do you know the poem?
Warning by Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman
I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
I can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and a pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.
ANYway, today we allowed ourselves the gift of Just This. Focusing our attention right here, right now in the present moment to the one thing that we are doing. One thing at a time. Letting go of the cultural pull toward multi-tasking and distraction. It’s a freeing practice that I, for one, remember and then forget and then remember again.
Give yourself that gift this weekend. Do just this. Just this, right now.
Dance on. Shine on.
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9am ~ Just This: Single-Tasking
Kecharitomene – 6:35 – Loreena McKennitt
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) – 7:08 – Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon – 4:18 – Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Praise You – 5:22 – Fatboy Slim
Desert Days – 5:31 – John Kelley
Lady Marmalade – 4:25 – Christina Aguilera
One Billion Hands – 4:05 – Lourds Lane
Baya Baya – 5:27 – Safri Duo
This – 3:33 – Brian Eno
Sacred Love – 6:03 – Sting
Looking in the Eyes of Love – 4:19 – Alison Krauss & Union Station
Fervent Supplication – 3:43 – Russian State Symphony