We need to learn when it is appropriate to think and when to let it go and instead inhabit our physical sensory world. Our culture encourages us to develop our thinking capacity from a young age, so much so that thinking spills over into everything we do. We have lost the ability to turn thoughts off, and as a result we lose touch with the immediacy of the present. The more we release our fascination with our thoughts and instead train our selves to inhabit our bodies and our senses, the more able we will be to be present and fully wake up to the beauty and aliveness of both our inner and outer worlds. ~Mark Coleman
where are the practical moments of looking out the window? turning a pause into a daydream…..
inquiry for today~ has it been that long since you actually felt available to yourself enough to listen?…..
In the midst of the struggle to care for my soul, I read Wordsworth’s poem, ‘The Prelude,’ in which he writes about ‘spots of time’ that nourish and repair the soul. I believe he was referring to brief, concentrated moments- little epiphanies- that inflame us with a sense of the holy. I began to search for spots of time here and there in my day. I found them by stopping. Just stopping. Some of my favorite words that Jesus spoke are, “Come away by yourself to a lonely place and rest a while.” I began to “come away” to a nook somewhere in the house or the yard where I would spend five minutes or less sitting still and receding into the quiet core of myself. Caring for my soul turned out to be simply that- spots of time in which to be. ~Sue Monk Kidd