lessons learned: preparing the space

Yesterday at the grocery store, I was having a bit of trouble trying to talk with the person checking me out.  “Oh,” she noted, “as I get older, I have problems multitasking too.”  We laughed, and I responded that the more I grew into my yoga and contemplation practices, the less I found myself being able to or even desiring the ability of multitask.  “It is tiring, and I’d rather be intentional about what it is I’m doing as I do it,” I noted.

As my good friend would say, “That was an HS moment.”  Clearly, the Holy Spirit had something to impart to me in that moment, and I took stock of the words that tumbled from my lips.

It is true.  I do find that more I delve into this contemplative life, the less I want or need to do all at once, and the more I strive to be present with what I am engaged in each moment.  I may work more slowly, garden more slowly, and even parent more slowly, but the intention and quality aren’t lost amidst a frantic state of ball juggling and water treading.

This morning as I turned to my time of writing, I came across this post.  It is one worth meditating on again.  ~cameron

This morning as I sat down to write, nothing came to mind.  Well, let me reframe that–a lot of words and thoughts competed for my attention, but none that were meant for this blog.  I sat in my chair and closed my eyes.  As I breathed in deeply, I realized that I’d not had enough of Quiet and Mindfulness this morning to clear my soul.

After many deep breaths, the chatter in my head seemed to subside.  It felt so soothing, I decided to “just be” in the moment then the next and the next.

That’s when it came to me.

Our thoughts are like the new seedlings we plant out in our gardens.  Before we move them out into the big wide world, we have the option of preparing the space–clearing away weeds that will compete for nutrients or allowing them to grow and potentially choke out our new plants.

the beet seedlings

Quiet and Mindfulness offer us the opportunity to prepare the space–in our hearts, in our minds, and in our spirits–to allow good and healthy things to bloom, to bring life and bounty to fruition.

May we all find the time to invite Quiet and Mindfulness into our day so that we may reap the benefits of what they have to offer.

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