I was sitting on the couch with a friend Saturday night, when something caught my eye. My bookcase is tucked into a little nook in the corner of the living room, and I see it every day, but for some reason something seemed different.
I had rearranged the bookshelves a year or so ago, and I always think there’s an interloper. But there’s not — I just haven’t gotten used to nonfiction being here and fiction over there, and travel on that shelf and poetry in the other room.
But what I did or did not notice on Saturday felt different. I glanced again, to be sure. The photo of my Dad, the little paper gift box from France, the Texas BBQ cookbook — these were all familiar. But something was different.
I don’t know what it was that made me look twice, but as I took an accounting of the shelves, I remember seeing a pretty blue color on the spine of one of the books. I remember it specifically, because I used the same color recently, on a business card I was designing for a client — Pantone 5415.
On Sunday morning, I started writing a blog post about my yoga class, “Yoga Week Five: Loving Kindness.” Last week, our instructor had quoted a woman named Sharon Salzberg, and I wanted to use a similar quote for the post. So I did some research.
Sharon Salzberg, it turns out, is well known in yoga and meditation circles. She has studied and practiced meditation for over 40 years. In 1976, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is a teacher, lecturer, and a contributor to a number of magazines including Time, O, Yoga Journal, Real Simple, Body & Soul, More and Self.
She is the author of a number of books, including: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, A Heart as Wide as the World…
…and the one that I found on my bookshelf, with the pretty blue spine, to the right of the little French gift box, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.
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Photo by Steve Rhodes. For more of his work, please visit him on Flicker.
The subject of the photo is a sculptural installation by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn called Language of the Birds. It’s located in San Francisco.