The week, in mindfulness

So things are not totally rosy at the moment.  I strained my lower back the other night and it’s remarkably painful, the kind of pain that makes you wait till all the students are out of the classroom, lock the door, then lie down and do a grim round of back exercises.  Last night I treated the pain with an adhesive heating pad and a relaxing glass of cabernet, which was somewhat helpful, though Vicodin would have been better.   (Who is the patron saint of back pain?  Must investigate.)

But I’m rolling with it, and thinking about how things could be worse, and remembering the nice little things that have happened lately (mindfulness being one of my strategies for maintaining sanity while I attempt to Do It All).  And here are a few lovely little moments/experiences/images of the last several days.

1. Making homemade cranberry sauce. It’s very easy to be mindful when you are looking at these lovely little jewels on the stove, and hearing their fascinating little muffled pops as they burst their skins.  It’s pretty mesmerizing, and the result tastes SO good (especially served warm with pumpkin pancakes from the mix at Trader Joe’s).








2.  A warm wonderful weekend.  Last Saturday, we took the boys to a pumpkin patch in San Francisco (yes, they do have them; there was even a hayride!) and the day was unutterably gorgeous.  There’s nothing like a warm day in the city, when the pastel candybox colors of the houses look so beautiful against the blue sky and happy people flood the parks and the Panhandle.  It was a day to remember, and proof that if you want to see San Francisco at its best, come in the fall, not the summer.

3.  This view of the sacristy at church.  With the sun projecting the stained glass colors on the walls and floor, it was like being inside a kaleidoscope.















4. Halloween evening, in which I escorted a very cuddly shark and a very cute policeman around the neighborhood for treats.  There were epic levels of excitement at our house.  I think I had as much fun as they did, watching them both participate wholeheartedly in one of the best of childhood’s rituals.  My parents joined us, which made it all even nicer.

5.  A very nice email from a friend, about my latest article.  It really touched her, and that reaction touched me.

6.  My pink rosebush, which has been exploding in blooms lately — the last gasp of summer. “They’re florist quality!” raved my mom, whom I sent home on Monday with some not-yet-opened blooms.  I’ve got multiple vases of them in the house,  loving my final rose fix of the year.






So that’s me!  What made you happy this week?

4 Responses to The week, in mindfulness

  1. First off – prayers for your back! Ugh, that is the worst, so I hope that you are better soon.

    I love your list and images – very moving, dear Ginny. That sacristy light… hmmm. And as a non-cranberry lover, you make me reconsider.

    Your article had escaped my notice due to a busy week and I was deeply moved by your beautiful words, so I am glad that I found the link here.

    How I wish you all peace and good my friend. (and a healed back!)

  2. Gorgeous photos, and thanks for sharing your article – I loved it. Prayers for your back, too. I had really intense back pain for the 1st time in my life with this pregnancy, and ever since I have been so much for mindful of those who have to live with such pain for much longer than I did. It is so intense and makes it difficult to focus on anything else. Hope you will find relief soon.

  3. Hi Ginny,

    So sorry that you’ve hurt your back. I had a very similar thing once a couple years ago and it made for a painful couple of weeks. It also made me thankful I don’t have chronic back pain. Sending a few prayers God’s way on your behalf and hope you’ll soon be 100%.

    And you’re right: the October weather here was spectacular this year! As for what makes me happy this week, there are lots of little things but the best is receiving books to read in the mail.

    Feel better soon!

  4. Thank you all for your sympathy. Today (Sat. AM) it’s feeling better — I’m still trying to baby it, but so far, so good. It’s amazing how much I take a non-painful back for granted ….