To just listen…
To ‘listen’ doesn’t always mean to hear words. I have found that sometimes the subtleties of body language, the sound of wind rushing around, the flapping of wings as the bird flies by and the whistling of a tea kettle are all things I hear when I pay attention and listen.
Oftentimes I can find myself in overdrive and when I do that I miss so much. I become a part of the noise and not part of the listening.
As I become more of a ‘woman of a certain age’, I realize that I am brought much more pleasure by listening and learning than I ever get when I am a part of the noise. The hurried-ness of it all and the voices that pile up on each other are those things that cause me to want to stop and take in all that is around me without having to indulge in words or even acknowledgements. It can really be so telling; so comforting.
So listen as your world goes on around you. Take time today to settle in and stop your part in this world of noise and see what happens for you.
Listen and see all that you will hear…Listen and see what you need…Listen to learn what you will need.
In gratitude for the peace that comes from being mindful of this place; for being mindful of this moment…
through the eyes of Grace, you can see so much more…
I have to remind myself sometimes to take a step back and really look at what is before me. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the day with the routine of it all that to really stop and take all of this in, is forgotten.
Today I went to a church service at an outdoor amphitheater on a lake. It was the back drop of perfection. But at first I did not notice. What I did noticed is that I had wished I wore a baseball cap, brought a chair that was more comfortable to sit in, and found myself wondering if the dog behind me would be quiet during the service! I became more judging than appreciative and found it much easier to be critical of others and what they were doing..including the pastor (I was not digging the very much over-sized wooden cross he was wearing!). So I digress.
I became impatient.
It was then I heard the words, ‘Through the eyes of Grace, you see so much more.’ It actually stopped me from any further judging. In fact, I found myself looking around wondering if I might have even given off that impression simply by just sitting there. So I allowed the quiet to enter my head. I allowed Grace to find its way to me.
I said a small prayer asking for help in being able to look through the eyes of Grace…and I gave it a test.
I became more aware of the people around me and the kind words they had for each other. I listened to the songs being sung and heard beautiful voices singing together. And when I looked at the backdrop of where this church service was, I was taken by the beauty. I watched as sails swayed back and forth on the windy lake and noticed how the swallows swooped back and forth as they tried to find just the right perch…just the right place to enjoy the day.
I became more aware of me.
How lucky am I? How lucky are we?
Through the eyes of Grace my entire experience changed. My entire day changed.
So as you begin the judging and the impatience…and find yourself wondering if the dog behind you will shut up, try on the lens of Grace.
In gratitude for Grace-filled moments….
—Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet (via pureblyss)
When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.
Taking the time…
What helps you to feel you are operating at your best self? I have learned over time the importance of doing those things that makes your heart sing. It doesn’t mean always doing those things as sometimes life has other ideas for you…but it does mean to make sure to include time to do those things that has you feeling on top of the world.
For me I can tell when I get that zing-zap feeling. The one that when I start to do the thing I really want to do like write or create something new, I feel the electricity run through me and I know this ‘is home’ for me. I have watched others when they are in that place of ‘home’ and I feel their purpose right along with them…zing-zap.
So if you know that you are not taking the time to do those things, then that is on you! Make the time and take the time to do those things that bring small; and even, big pleasures. If you like bubble gum…go buy some and blow the biggest bubbles you can. If you love to bake, then find the best recipe you can find and bake away! The point is really to do those things that bring you happiness. That brings you peace. That if you could choose anything to do with no barriers…this is what you would do!
Today for me it was hazelnut coffee.
In gratitude for those zing-zaps…..