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Showing posts with label quiet time. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quiet time. Show all posts

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Replenishing The Soul With Nature

I have just returned from a respite in western North Carolina. What a literal breath of fresh air! The weather was perfect, albeit cold a couple of mornings.
Every morning, with the exception of one rainy one, my trusty Shepherd and I trudged up the hill to the top of the mountain. I have nicknamed this climb the "stair-stepper", as it definitely gives one that workout!
I loved the quiet moments that were spent admiring the newly green leaves and the blossoming shrubs. A particular favorite time of mine was spent languishing on the front porch and listening to the birds trilling. Is there anything more lovely than this?
There is nothing like a bit of nature to replenish the noise weary soul. I feel that I have aired out all my brain's winter cobwebs; although there are some new spring ones starting!
This week, try to take a few minutes every day to reconnect with nature. Try a stroll or walk, or just sit and look at some greenery to soften your eyes to the living world. Oh, yes, and remember to breathe!

April 2010

Spring Again
Colors reload
Then shoot open
The vibrant newly-greened
Oaks, Dogwood, and Sourwood
Tree egos puff up their leaves
Vieing for your attention
Easily outshining the somber
Darker green of the
Mountain pines

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


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:


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


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!