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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sitting in Quiet

"When I sat down, all I could bring myself to do was sit quietly and breathe slowly. I didn't want to meditate, have an authentic conversation with anyone, think, create, be clever or be a conduit. So I just sat there. sipped tea, looked up at the blue sky through the leafy canopy overhead and observed a butterfly's graceful path through the garden."     Sarah Ban Breathnach

This is me this morning.  Sitting, breathing, listening to the whispers that i just can't hear when there is so much noise.  Sipping tea.  Listening to the rain.  Staring into space.  I just can't bring myself to DO this morning.  In a society so completely focused on doing, there is a part of me (the conditioned, well-trained-mind part) that feels a little guilty or like i'm being overly indulgent.  I'm learning not to listen to that part so much, though.  It seems the less i listen to that busy-mind part, the quieter i feel inside.  And the clearer things become.

Beside me, the old dog is snoring.  The cat is curled into herself.  I'm pretty sure they're not feeling even the slightest twinge of guilt.


  1. Oh, to be a cat or a dog! Thank you for that guiltless image of them. Good call on just sitting--the only place from which anything real can truly be given wings.

  2. That is so funny about your pets! I cannot TELL you how many times I have thought that I would like to be my cat. sigh.

    Happy resting to you dear one...

  3. Julia, where was that beautiful photo taken?

  4. Ah. I hear you so clearly on this. In our crazy busy world, our brains need quiet, free from DOING anything at all. You have to be quiet to hear the whispers. I hope you had the quiet you craved. Those moments are so important. And there is something so calming and peaceful about sleeping pets next to you...

  5. what a wonderful day. no guilt in taking those moments for ourselves. so rewarding-

  6. I love this photo and am glad you have taken the time for yourself. It would be hard not to in that setting. Enjoy.


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♥ Julia