Bad Air Out…

Sometimes you see a scene that brings peace to your soul. This view made me take a deep breath and exhale slowly…bad air out, good air in. It helped me think about peace and quiet and being content. 

We work hard for what we have, what we want, what we want to provide for others. That hard work can put us into a routine that can be hard to break out of day after day, week after month, after year. Before we know it the years have passed and we are still working hard and wondering what it was all about. We have what we want and the people we love are provided for, so why are we still toiling so fervently? How much stuff can we buy? How many vacations can we take? How many toys can we play with? Yet we work and work and work all too often forgetting why. 

This view reminded me of what is important and how much peace and quiet lead to my contentment. I saw this photo in a magazine and I think I could actually hear the wind playing amongst the flowers. I had instant release and knew why I do what I do. Are you striving or are you content? Can you see yourself walking amongst the flowers and dabbling your hand between the  blooms? What brings you back to your why? Take a deep breathe and let the peace and quiet of this scene fill your mind, your heart, and your soul…bad air out, good air in. 

Your Quiet Place

Sometimes our best ideas come to us from a quiet place to sit. By simply sitting and letting the world melt away we allow our ideas and creativity to flourish. I found this photo in a decorating catalog and it made me want to be more creative. The color of the carpet hanging on the wall and the vibrancy of the chair made me feel energetic and alive. 

How is it possible that sitting still can make us feel alive and full or energy? How can we generate when we are being passive? It seems very counter intuitive. In our culture of go go go, do do do it can be hard to sit still. Even when we want to sit still we find it hard to squeeze such passive, quiet time into our life. Our schedule calls, our to do items linger, and the people in our world expect us to get things done. None of these pressures allow for much relief and peacefulness. 

Sometimes we just need a place where we can do nothing. Sometimes we need a place to sit and contemplate the ideas in our head that we are not ready to express out loud. A comfortable chair provides a resting place for our ‘busyness’. A quiet space allows us to wrestle things through before we begin sharing them with the world. Depending upon where you live, you may have to carve that chair and space out of a busy household. Or you may have to go somewhere else to find your quiet space. You may even have to rearrange your home to make a room quiet while all around it is chaos. Or your quiet place may be in a busy place with headphones on and your eyes closed. Do whatever it takes to begin using your quiet place. And nothing says your quiet place has to be indoors, maybe nature is where you do your best thinking.

Whatever works for you, find your quiet place. Give yourself the gift of silence on a regular basis. Allow your brain and soul and mind to rest enough to clear a place for exciting new ideas to grow. Pave the way for your ideas to flourish by sitting in your quiet place.

The Cues of Nature

I was tired and just boarded my flight home. This was the view of sunset out my window. The adrenaline had stopped and I was ready to rest. It had been a long week, positive yet I was tired. Sometimes it is nice to feel teh same way as the world around you – done for the day and ready for a good night’s sleep. I took a and in the short flight, which provided jsut enough energy for me to drive home from the airport. 

As I drove home I thought about how our modern conveniences have robbed us of the ability to take our cues from nature. Who needs to worry about sunset when we can simply turn on the lights. Who needs to get a solid night’s sleep when we can take a pill to help enduce sleep. Who needs to enjoy sunrise when we can set an alarm and awake anytime we want. Who needs to enjoy the onset of the seasons when we can fly to wherever the season is and enjoy it there. Our ability to alter our environment with modern conveniences leaves us with the illusion that we are in control. 

When you see a colorful sunset, or enjoy a spectacular sunrise you are humbly reminded that we are in no way in control of our world. We are passengers on this planet who are tolerated for decades until we turn to dust and complete the circle of life. As you spend your day, notice the cues of nature and let her reveal her beauty in her way, without conveniences, so you can tap into the beauty that is the world around you.