Cover Photo: Spring Flowers on Lopez, Photo by Emily
Spring Flowers on Lopez, Photo by Emily

Now

The bones of this body holding form, keeping me erect, the skin of this body hugging my form and connecting me to the wind, the ethos, the planet and God.

Oneness, togetherness, now, stretching about this body, all of its muscles are wrapped in the energy of a still day. The bones of this body holding form, keeping me erect, the skin of this body hugging my form and connecting me to the wind, the ethos, the planet and God. God resides within as well, and as the breeze kisses the skin of this body, tantalizing my spirit with energy within and without, ripples reverberate across the surface just as the wind might kiss a body of water, the gentle barrier between water and sky disturbed pleasantly as the transparent membrane submits to its emerging energy.

I am here, a spirit within this body, aware of the present, aware of the now. Some moments are easier than others, but in this moment, in this now, I am awake and secure. My belly emits heat and warmth from a meal of sausage, kale and rice, followed by a steaming cup of coffee; cream no sugar. My body is clean from a recent hot shower and again I feel the peace without and within me. Writing now I know that this moment shall too soon pass, however I will merely enter a future now, and now it shall be.

Sounds enter my capacity for knowing, infiltrating my eardrums with their vibrations. Breath steams in and out of my nostrils creating the subtle noise of my breathing, my chest opening and closing with this regular pulse. Birds sing their songs to each other and the world that I too rest in and am interacting with. The record player is emitting a subtle white noise that I only now hear as I enter further into observing this now.

This body carries me, this body knows much. My spirit and body interact in a loving language and song constantly bringing me information and knowledge. It is good to be here, listening, in this moment, in this now, to all it has to say. To what I have to say while connected to this world in which I live.

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