Friday, June 14, 2013

"Kelly, sit still once in while!"

This Energizer Bunny is hunting for moments of stillness.  This may be a hopeless dream considering that my gang will be bursting with energy and literally bouncing off the walls as school ends next week. Nonetheless, I think this quest is worthy of an attempt to find that kind of peace.

A few weeks ago, I walked along a very peaceful, tree-lined trail surrounded by a quiet that I welcomed wholeheartedly. To be honest, it was strange for me to be without a walking or conversation buddy. Even when I'm physically alone at home, I'm engaging myself in some kind of online activity or work. During that walk, I just breathed through each step. My mind was still whirring around with lists and obligations during the first leg of the walk.  All of a sudden as I felt the push of the walk make me strive to go further and further, I recognized the stillness around. I must have pushed myself through exercise and place into an opening of my wall that I spend so much time building around my core. That part of me needs to breathe more. The stillness may be the key. I realize that I have to take out these Energizer Bunny batteries once in a while. Everyone always tells me to relax.  Has it taken 44 years for me to share that light bulb of realization? So the new weekly plan (hopefully) is to go for those stillness hunting walks and breathe more thoughtfully.

I also stare up into the midnight sky when I walk Lily in the backyard each night. Those five minutes of stillness feel especially good with a cool night breeze. I'm also hoping that these self-directed times of quiet will rejuvenate that dusty Muse of mine.

6 comments:

Vicky said...

Oh my goodness- I am so often amazed at how often other bloggers pick the very same topic to write about! And yes- I do think it takes at least 40 plus years for us to learn this :) Glad I am not alone in that discovery!

kisatrtle said...

So glad I'm not alone :-)

Valerie said...

Gone are the days when I could take a good long, peaceful walk, but I remember the dog-walking and the stargazing, even walking in the rain was therapeutic. Keep it up, Kelly.

Teresha Freckleton-Petite said...

It is important to carve out space physically and mentally so that we can experience stillness. communing with nature is great for doing just that!

Fresh Mommy said...

So great to feel that way... and so hard to get to that place to feel that way. I'm in the boat with you! :)

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

I am the same way. I love to stare up at the sky and focus on my breathing as a way to try and calm my mind. I feel like my brain is always going, going, going...and that's why it takes me forever to fall asleep at night.

It is a good reminder that we need to take the time to help us clear our minds and relax. :)