Ahhh Serenity! This week is always a breath of fresh air. Tamara finds us a pool of water in which to gaze. January pauses to enjoy:
Peace on a Sunday
by January Handl
When I move away from techno-hub bub
the vast varieties of
greens, blues and browns in
the natural world
less constricted by humanity’s
desires for more and faster,
it is almost immediate…
the calm core of the pool
of being-ness expands
to encompass, hold and support
thoughts, feelings, worries
as breath meets tide
and pulse meets seasons
and flesh meets spirit
Daily demands drop away
and though the tickling of temptations
whisper now, instead of drowning out
my center’s offering of peace,
I can let go, for
full minutes at a time.
Just enough serenity
heals, rests and refills
to sustain me,
through the householder day
that awaits on the morrow
I sigh deeply, let the sunshine caress
me to the bone
and let the daydreams have their way.
What does it take to find you there? For me it is easily obtainable in the presence of a great tree. It probably does’t hurt that the air is always better there and that I find myself breathing deeper.
This week’s Bliss Initiative is to take the time to Breathe Deeper!
Doing so even for a minute or two can do wonders for finding serenity. Standing in line at the grocery store, stuck in rush hour traffic, waiting for your child to get their shoes on, while sipping morning coffee, in the shower, literally it can be done anywhere!
How about right now?
Pause for a moment right now and take a deep breath… Feel the breath flowing in and out.
Deeply, feel the breath, in and out.
One more time.
Repeat as needed through out the day and week to maintain peacefulness.
Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!
Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.
Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband 🙂
January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.
She calls her photo “hot tub bliss” 🙂