What speaks to you is already next to you

Messages — for our career, our writing, our life, our everything — are everywhere. On concrete. On metal. On street corners. The choice we face every moment: am I willing to pay attention?

My mindfulness teacher, Deborah Eden Tull, says that giving ourselves the gift of our full attention is the subtlest form of self-love. Below are messages I stopped to pay attention to a few weeks ago in Mar Vista, West Los Angeles. I invite you to take the time to stop and notice what’s already around you — speaking to you.