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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TRYING TO TRAVEL AT THE SPEED OF "NOW"!

It is spring, yes! My Azaleas are spectacular, thanks to the cold weather. It is one part of the yard that looks good. I'm still not sure if some of the plants are alive. Some severe trimming will reveal all.
Mi esposo has been in NC putting some electric into his shed/workshop with the help of his son. I have done a wonderful job of amusing myself, by being a social butterfly, and reconnecting with friends and family in South Florida. I've also had dinner and/or snack fests with friends.
I have not yet put pencil to paper! I'm good at turning on the new big screen TV and distracting myself. What I need is quiet; it is the only way that I can focus on writing.
Last night I turned off the television. This morning I walked then had breakfast on my porch. I do love being in the "now". As a potentially A.D.D. person, it is my habit to eat quickly, not mindfully. I am trying to do this today--savor the flavor, texture, and scent of food, watch nature, and breath.
Author Sue Patton Thoele, in the book Growing Hope, calls finding yourself through solitude and quiet "defragging your inner hard-drive. I like that. One of her examples in defragmenting includes "writing down bothersome thoughts, releasing them by burning, tearing, or putting them in a little jar of water in the freezer (on ice)", clever, no?
I make a resolution, today, to make a little more quiet time in my life. I will chew slower, pray more, and breathe slower.
Here is a poem from my book, Water Running Downhill:

THE ZONE

While sequestered as a willing tenant in
Your self-made prison of busyness
Dream of ways you can be free

To give yourself the gift of
A precious few moments, no distractions
Lock out your outer "life" and meditate

Find that it is almost a new experience, as
You may have forgotten the sensation
Of pure awareness, and nothing else

So used to being the "amazing balancing act"
You have found it hard to stop doing and planning
And just become still

Discover that one can see so much clearer
When traveling at
The speed of now

Quotes:

There is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.
--Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation. For when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer.
--Leonardo Da Vinci

Have a blessed week!

Joan

3 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed your poem. You are so right about being in the now. We need to remember to enjoy now, not worry about the past or the future.

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  2. Thanks Brenda! No one needs to concentrate more on the "now" than I do, sometimes.

    Take care!

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  3. I too need some quiet time in my life and a lazy porch is one of my favorite places to find that peace. I love your azaleas. How I miss them. We have a few in NC, but the deer have eaten most of their leaves so they don't look pretty. As much as I love azaleas, I'm not planting any more "deer food" for them.
    Sam

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