The such-ness and authenticity of sheer being

Snowstorm Meditation by Tamara Magnitsky
Snowstorm Meditation by Tamara Magnitsky


Welcome to Simplicity Week!

Simplicity – A lifestyle of mindfulness; living a more sustainable, gratifying, and spiritually connected existence.


Today I am taken with the such-ness of things. Tamara shares a photo of her cat in which the cat does nothing to escape the snow upon its back. Not inclined to move, the cat remains still allowing the snow to be. I imagine, in a similar position, I would be shaking around trying to free myself of the potential melting and future wetness, but this cat sinks into simple meditation of what is.

January encounters the such-ness of her wisteria…

Blossoming by January Handl

What are you doing, now? He asked me peering
up with my line of sight.
I am giving the wisteria a standing ovation!
As he shakes his head
my heart pulls toward admiring
the purple tresses of the vine-
so stunning, arresting in their
delicate beauty-
sweetly fragrant, vibrant

I want, I yearn
to be such exquisite
and by sheer being
unfold into a radiant
beacon of such-ness
as to inspire
pause and
peace without

Really what could be more simple than being entirely and utterly yourself? What if you could shed everything that was cloaking your innate such-ness? What would be left?

Our task for this Simplicity week is to discover and herald our unique such-ness and allow what is to inspire. And do share those inspirations with us in the comments!


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

2 thoughts on “The such-ness and authenticity of sheer being

  1. I witness this such-ness and beautiful simplicity with my dogs. They understand how to just be. Many moments when I am rushing past them to get to another task, they catch my eye. I stop everything and just sit with them for a few minutes and let them help me to ground myself again.

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