My wise self knows to take a moment to center, balance and embrace the day. My negative self (who on days like this is 14 years old and bearing a mighty 'tude) has a rude response to that. So here I was, with not so much as one foot on the floor and already I felt rushed and harried and, let us be truthful, a bit sour on a bright and lovely day. So for me, and perhaps for you, too, I would like to share a moment of peace, a video titled Loon Calls
The lessons always come when we need them, yes? Zen Habits has this to share today in a post titled Be Still
Just for a moment.
Listen to the world around you. Feel your breath coming in and going out. Listen to your thoughts. See the details of your surroundings.
Be at peace with being still.
In this modern world, activity and movement are the default modes, if not with our bodies then at least with our minds, with our attention. We rush around all day, doing things, talking, emailing, sending and reading messages, clicking from browser tab to the next, one link to the next.
We are always on, always connected, always thinking, always talking. There is no time for stillness — and sitting in front of a frenetic computer all day, and then in front of the hyperactive television, doesn’t count as stillness.
This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.
Read the whole thing, it's worth your time. You might also want to check out his book titled The Power of Less.
Who will rewrite her gratitude list this evening, in between loads of laundry and emails. Afterwards, I will look at the stars. But in the meantime....come on, dog! We're going to the woods.