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Sunday, April 11, 2010

SOLITUDE AND THE ELUSIVE "NOW"

Love that Magnolia girl!

Good morrow to you all! It is a gloomy, breezy day here. Still, it is green, lush, and lovely! If only the pollen would quit--achoo!
I have finally gotten to my quiet moment. The washing machine has quit; I decided to wait to run the dryer. The dog is sleeping, the spouse is out. It is so calming to hear nothing!
I don't know how we do it? Day out, day in, we have some much noise and distraction. It is no wonder we are running around stressed to the max. We need to tune out the noise and tune in to nature.
I had some moments of "now" this week. I had to force them on myself; then was glad that I had. I will continue to subdue myself on a regular basis--it is for my own good!
I have a quote on my calendar "Peace is a quiet mind", no author noted. That hits home for me. An author I have quoted before, Sue Patton Thoele, writes from her book, Growing Hope, "being still allows the murky waters of our minds to clear and invites the light of heart and soul to shine on and from our inner and outer lives."
Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power Of Now, tells us that "Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the majesty, the sacredness of nature." Additionally, a quote by Virginia Woolf says that "In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us". Finally, Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes, "There is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before."
This is great "food for thought", and good inspiration for my addled ADD brain. Here is a poem from my book, Water Running Downhill. Have a wonderful week with moments of solitude!

Joan

COCOON

Creating calm
In your life
Is as essential
To your existence
As oxygen

We have become
Hurried, harried
Hustling husks
We have forgotten
To breathe

Nullify the noise of
Modern Life
Shipwreck yourself
On your island Aerie
Nurture your native side

Unplug the phone
Cut off your cell
Become incommunicado
Turn off the tube
Acquiesce to quiet

Bask as bird song
Blends with the
Beating of your heart
Knowingly choose to be
A universe of one

Then, gratified and grounded
Will your authentic
Sated-self slip
Into your cocoon
Of silence

3 comments:

  1. Joan Ellen,
    Yes, quiet, peace, no noise! These things I long for most of all. Your poem is great and tells it all. I enjoyed this posting very much. I need this encouragement today.

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  2. Joan Ellen,
    Yes, I need solitude, quiet, peace, no noise. I loved you poem. It summarized everything. What a wonderful posting. I sure needed this encouragement today.

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  3. I love solitude and quiet. I find it mostly sitting on my screened porch and listening to nature. Your poem is beautiful and very welcome today.
    Sam

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