I love this passage from Pat Carini. It takes me to all of you today. I offer it as an invitation to slow down, pause, attend. It seems an absolute act of prayer, reverence, peace - this process.
It makes me wonder, "What would happen if we really looked at something - someone, circumstances - before we responded? What if we simply described what we saw?"
Meditation: On Description
"Describing I pause, and pausing, attend.
Describing requires that I stand back and consider.
Describing requires I not rush to judgment or conclude before I have looked.
Describing makes room for something to be fully present.
Describing is slow, particular work.
I have to set aside familiar categories for classifying or generalizing.
I have to stay with the subject of my attention.
I have to give it time to speak, to show itself."
-Pat Carini, "Meditation: On Description" In Starting Strong: A Different Look at Children, Schools, and Standards. New York: Teachers College Press, 163-164.