I deliberately took a tech “time-out” for several days because I found myself paying more attention to my blog, email, & texts than who I love & what I love. I was writing about life so much that I wasn’t living it. So, I took a break to realign with Source & took steps to be more present in the present. That meant…
Connecting: spending time with people I love, doing things I love. We hiked a nearby park along a beautiful lake, enjoyed a cookout with beloved friends, & went on a day trip to Washington DC. I have to say the National Museum of American Indians is phenomenal & a must-see for anyone curious about early Americans (South, Central, & North). Reading their creation stories, seeing how they lived felt Holy somehow. The architecture alone is worth the visit. While most buildings are harsh & angular, this museum is a hushed whisper, curving to mimic a stream, a breeze, or possibly the curves in a landscape. Beautiful!! The Blossom Kite Festival on the Mall also took place the day we were visiting. I felt pure happiness, almost giddy, watching the brightly colored kites dance against the pale blue sky & marveled to see everyone smiling & laughing. Kite flying is obviously one of life’s simple pleasures, turning everyone into a kid again.
Grounding- aligning myself with nature & all that is. Now that the weather is warming up, I can lay on the ground or sit with my back against a tree to meditate. It really soothes my spirit & reminds me of the interconnectedness of all things, allowing me the use of all my senses to recognize the changes Spring brings. I got dirty, too, by picking weeds, raking out flower beds, & planting seeds in tiny pots for transplanting outside in a few more weeks. For me, getting dirty while gardening is mystical, too, as all my time in nature is fast becoming.
Decluttering- cleaning out my house & my Self. I clean out winter clothing & household goods that could serve someone else & give things to charity. I reevaluate how I spend my time, keeping what serves & eliminating what doesn’t to make way for the new. Over time, we all outgrow jobs, hobbies, committees, & other interests. Let them go & see what fills the space. I recently had to acknowledge that I was holding onto experiences that weren’t mine to hold– a friend’s divorce, a cancer diagnosis, an acquaintance’s termination from work. I can support, love, & encourage but cannot & should not control. When I get too immersed in someone else’s experience, it’s time to surrender to what is greater than myself.
Pause when you hear that little voice inside tell you to pause. It has your best interest at heart. After all, that small sacred voice IS your voice.
Here are links to the National Museum of American Indians & a video clip of the Blossom Kite Festival (thanks to YouTube). Enjoy!!