I found this phrase while meandering on Pinterest, one of my favorite time wasters. There are some amazing images on that site, and I use them as inspiration for my stories and art quilts. Not to mention the copious amounts of crafts, recipes, and home inspiration pins.
I digress from my original topic though, which goes to show that I have yet to learn how not to be busy. I can’t sit still unless I’m engrossed in something (I can sit in one place with a book or a craft and not move for hours, so no, I don’t have ADD or anything). I just need something to do, always. Reading, learning, crafting, writing, watching a movie, whatever it is, as long as it’s there I can be still. The rest of the time I need to be in motion or I go nuts. Don’t start me on the meditation path either. Meditation comes from movement for me – dance, horseback riding, archery. Finding the stillness in the movement, the breath, the heart. Those are my moments when clarity comes together. I appreciate the thought though, and I know meditation works for many of you.
Every year though about this time I become…discontent is the only word that I can find. The image above reminded me why. During the Yule season, our bodies and minds automatically want to slow down, to turn inward, to hold hearth and family close. Which is exactly the opposite of what modern society does. Black Friday, holiday parties, gift giving, charity functions, holiday meal planning, and the list goes on. They all serve to fill our perceived roles in society, but it does little to feed our spirits. Every year I say I’m going to listen to my inner self and slow down, and every year I find myself speeding up. It’s kind of tiring.
Since I have to be in motion always, this year I’m going to make a conscious effort to slow the dance down. Not stop, not go so far in the opposite direction that I’ll drive myself nuts, but slow the pace down enough to catch the rhythms of nature as the days get shorter and the night lengthens. The cold pulls us back to seek out the fire and the blankets, inviting us to settle in. I know my cat always appreciates the warmth, and there is nothing like a contented animal to know you’re in tune with nature.
I invite you to join me in whatever way you feel comfortable. Maybe you’ll say no to one more holiday party, or one more night out, or one more obligation. Maybe you’ll take five minutes each day to be still and listen. Maybe you’ll change the venue of the holidays so you don’t have to travel as much. Maybe you’ll chose one specific charity to give to instead of trying to give to them all.
Whatever way you choose to slow down this holiday season, no matter how small, do it mindfully. Notice how your body relaxes and your heart lightens. Go ahead and go to sleep a few minutes earlier and let the extra rest restore you. Nature knows what to do. Follow her rhythms.
The quote above was originally posted by substanceoverstuff.com on tumblr.