Finding time to look, listen, and touch the moments of our lives can be an elusive goal.
It doesn’t need to be that way, but we often get so caught up in our lists and tasks and goals, and we forget that there is a world of depth and texture inside that is incalculably enriching … and ALWAYS accessible.
Here’s the powerful (and magical) thing about time, as summed up by the writer James Carroll:
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
It may take some practice, but any time you choose to be still and focus inward, things open up. It might be a memory, a long-ago feeling or moment, or a heart connection that warms you.
Whatever it is that comes, know that it is part of you. It reveals something about your inner terrain … the rich worlds that you harbor.
Summertime, with its soft breezes and slower rhythms, offers a wonderful opportunity to start making these small journeys inward.
I encourage you to dip into the silence and see what you discover. What images bubble up from inside? How does it change your energy?
This is a really wonderful way of coming to know and nourish yourself more deeply. Take the first step today … and you’ll see! (Oh, and the more you do it, the easier and more enjoyable it gets.)
© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.