Craggy Gardens Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, N. Carolina
Hiking on a mountain trail enveloped in clouds on a cold nearing Winter Day. The bare trees holding a beauty that somehow combined movement, grace, texture, and shades of varying color all at the same time. Majestic presence that tell stories of communion and dance with the elements and seasons. An energetic resilience that conveys without words.
One moment in time, stopping forward motion and breathing in the silence that seems to wrap you in an embrace of deep peace…..knowing that you belong here in this moment, with this friend, among these trees with cloud mist rolling down and among the trees leaving wet kisses on the top of your head.
How often do we experience absolute silence where the wildness of being in those exact moments strips any words away that may be hovering on our lips. A directive from deep within this time and place to simply be still.
As elders with a long life behind us and not as much embodied life before us, and as humans on the planet Earth at this time, we are being faced with incredible challenges that compete to take our attention.
A couple of days ago I realized I no longer choose to have my attention taken by the fear, doom and gloom broadcast daily, whether on our smart phones news feed or while talking to others. I am weary of it all and need a higher vibration energy bath!.
It is not that I don’t want to know what is happening in the world, but instead the question I am posing to myself, and to you, every day is – where do we want to place our attention? We most always have a choice.
For the month of December I am placing attention on joy, laughter, creativity and acts of kindness as a experiment to see what unfolds. Seeking out and being aware of moments of joy sometimes hidden in the deep pockets and lining of each and every day that seem to get passed over without even looking back. They are always there.
Each day in December you will find a small nugget of joy, humor, creativity or small act of kindness that found me and pulled my attention which will be posted here. I invite you to join me and share your experiences and what you noticed so that we may spread it around! (Please use the “Comment” section below).
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