It’s Spring Break this week and I’ve been enjoying some much-needed family time and significant other time, as well as time to write a 20 page paper, organize interviews for a final project, etc etc. I’ve also taken some time to reflect on mental breaks, pauses, breathers, time-outs, etc. AKA vacation from my own brain chatter.
My own (beginner’s) spiritual practice lately has involved trying to be more present, which, when things get busy, often happens in intentionally set-aside blocks of time (or doesn’t happen at all). It’s recently come to my attention how much of my mental time and space is used up thinking about things past and things yet to come. The ghost of christmas present has been elusive. I notice that when I’m super inside my own head, I tend to miss things around me, feel more stressed, and end up feeling decentered and disconnected.
Since long solitary walks have been one of the great love affairs of my life, one way I’m trying to work on this is to get out and about as often as is reasonable with no ipod, no phone, and just pay attention to things right under my schnoz that I normally would blow right by as I pondered what I would say if I was asked to star in the next Muppet movie.
This photo series is from one of those walks today, while visiting the BF in Texas. It was my perfect weather day: upper 60’s, stormy, blustery. With skies that looked like this:
And wind that looked like this:
So I took the time to stop and notice little things that caught my attention – however simple – like this:
I like this shade of blue.
We used to make bracelets and crowns out of these flowers as kiddos:
What do I see in this shape? (Nick said America, I’m still determined to think it’s a person of some kind). Any thoughts?
And mmm MMM, that sky.
While I didn’t necessarily plunge into the spiritual depths of my soul, I felt so refreshed after this walk and the rest of my day was more productive, I was more aware and mentally active, and generally more delighted and joyful. Sometimes it’s the simple things. What do you do for your brain and soul?