Over the last week I have been on a Neil Young kick—for some reason his music feels to me like exactly the right music for late spring in SE Morocco. Especially his Harvest Moon album (it is, after all, harvest season here).
Last night at around 10pm, as I was closing the windows in our living room, I saw the full moon partly obscured by the clouds and thought, “I must go, now, to our roof! And watch the moon! While listening to Neil Young!” So I did this, sitting quietly by myself, watching the bright yellow orb shift in and out of view from the clouds. It was so lovely. The air was cool and there was a light breeze. As some point I realized I should try to take pictures of the moon, but they do not at all capture the beauty of the whole experience: the music and weather and my own mood of satisfaction with life at that moment. It was the perfect way to end the day, in large part because I recognized in the moment that I would never be able to replicate the experience. I have instead tucked it into my memory as an example of how fortunate I am to be serving with Peace Corps.
This morning in my journal I wrote about how starting and ending each day with a time of reflection helps me resolve many of the challenges that I encounter in my life here. Starting and ending each day with intentional reflection (in the morning I journal, in the evening I take a few moments to consider how I feel at my core) is a new practice for me, but I find that building these reflective times into my routine is slowly evolving into habit. I am quite determined to continue using these tools during my time here, not just to sustain me emotionally day-to-day, but also (thinking specifically about my journal) to have a record of my experience in Morocco.
I shall end this post now, as I have to head off to teach an English class. But I would love to hear from others about how reflection and mindfulness are used in your daily life, if at all. Do share, dear friends!