It’s been a busy summer with the kids home from school. There hasn’t been a lot of quiet time to pursue my own projects. But, then again, I don’t think my head has been in that creative space either. The summer has been about enjoying the sunshine as much as possible, swimming and hosting friends and family. It has been a good summer! And part of it have been the glorious walks in the woods with my trusty poodle Farley. He’s a great walking companion. One of the things he always does is run up ahead, then stop and look back to make sure I’m coming. Here are some photos, I’ve taken along the way (I’ve become a bit of a photo junkie trying to capture the beauty around me.)
I was sitting in my Muskoka room the other morning, sipping my coffee, and staring out the window at the trees and clouds. I thought I had to tell you how much this almost daily ritual means to me, and because I want to encourage you to do it too.
Some days, I can only get five or ten minutes of this very nourishing activity. Other days, when I’m off work and the kids are at school, I can spend a lot longer sitting there journalling, reading and just re-charging.
That’s really the reason I am encouraging you to take some time to just sit and breathe and look out the window at the clouds – for the opportunity to re-charge.
Maybe you’ll remember this activity from your childhood days when, perhaps lying on the grass or on the beach, you could spend hours making out the outline of an animal or object in the fluffy clouds.
I also just like watching how the clouds move, ever…so…slowly – it is very meditative.
So, my friends, all of this to say,
take care of yourselves by taking some time to just sit and be.
I meant to post this on New Year’s eve, but alas, a technological glitch intervened. So, I’m here now, wishing you all a peaceful and rewarding New Year!
p.s. I also wanted to draw your attention to Susannah Conway’s blog post about Finding Your Word for 2015, which you can find here (you just have to scroll down the page to find it). I’m thinking my word for 2015 will be Courage.
If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know how much I enjoy walking in the woods with my dog Farley. When I’m surrounded by the trees and greenery with tree mulch at my feet and quiet all around, except for the bird calls, I feel that I’ve gone to another realm – a spiritual realm. It is the tonic that my soul longs for in a day otherwise filled with pressure, constraints, obligations and responsibilities. Walking in the woods, I notice that I can breathe without consciously having to remind myself, like I sometimes do when my body sighs in order to get more oxygen. I feel expanded, joyful and in awe. I feel a huge sense of gratitude for all the gifts I’ve received and a sense that all is well or at least all is as it should be, and for good reason. That there is a cosmic force at play in my life leading me (sometimes kicking and screaming, or crying) towards my greater good. At these times. I get a glimmer of the big picture just for a second maybe, that gives me hope and inspires me to keep trekking along and have faith that it’s all good and will ultimately be all good.
These moments of inspired hope that I get from walking in the woods re-kindle my trust and faith that I am being taken care of and guided. That despite moments of doubt, all is well. All…is…well.
I am reminded of the quote from Begin with Yes that says:
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
Is there something that you do to help re-align and refresh yourself when you’re overwhelmed with the pressures of life? I’d love to hear about it!