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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In Awe of Stillness


What if it could be
this simple
what if you could stop
and breathe
and stop and breathe
knowing with a certainty
only God could muster
that this moment
is absolutely 
enough

Photo found here  (unfortunately I didn't have my camera on me at that moment but this sure reminds me of her)

Today as I was taking a walk with my girls and they decided to run up ahead, I had a few heavenly moments to breathe and listen to the quiet..and then something magical happened.  All at once, I got this inkling to stop.  And there, right there in front of me, in the midst of my intense presence, I saw the most beautiful mommy deer.  She was lying down, nestled up against a house in my neighborhood--so still that, for a moment, I didn't know if she was real.  

She looked right into my eyes, I looked right into hers--just the two of us still and looking deeply.  And then I saw the rising and falling of her sweet belly, the blink of her eyes, the flick of her ear.  While I stood there in awe of her stillness, she stayed--looking, trusting.  After a few moments of this wordless wonder, I asked her if she was alone and just then I took my eyes from her and looked to her side...and, oh goodness!  There before me was the tiniest baby deer, still spotted, ears almost bigger than her little body. 

I'm so thankful that I didn't walk passed this beauty in my haste to do the next thing.

Such preciousness, such enough-ness in each, in each new moment.

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Speaking of beauty, Clare Flourish (who won a copy of my book in the giveaway on  J's site, (A Human Thing) wrote the most lovely, soulful review of my book.  You can read it HERE.  Clare, thank you so very much for this kindness.



20 comments :

  1. Oh, this made me tear up a little--the magic we find if we just slow down, listen and look for it, stay in tune, stay in the moment. And a mama and her baby? While you were out mamma-ing with your babies? That's so precious, so special, so simple and right. And I know how you feel about not having your camera: I've taken some of the most amazing pictures with my eyes that no one will ever see :)

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    1. I love the way you put this, Jill...taking pictures with our eyes, yes--that's just what I did. This space is always richer and brighter when you come here.

      Love to you, dear person.

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  2. i am so happy for you!
    i LOVELOVE deer encounters!!
    it's like finding treasure
    in the deep sea, except
    on land. XOX

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    1. Yes, Rachel...there's something so gentle & magical about these deer beings. I love them. And I love you.

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  4. Dearest Julia,

    I am so grateful to you for sharing with me the gift of this beautiful experience. What a lovely reading to begin my day with! Your words always leave me more centered and connected to spirit.

    Ananda,

    Sohini

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    1. Sohini, thank you for blessing this space with you presence & for taking the time to leave your words here. I'm seriously grateful that we have connected.

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  5. What a beautiful moment. Thank you for the reminder to stop and breathe.

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    1. I've decided that my sanity and peace has everything to do with whether I decide/remember to stop and breathe...otherwise it's just going through the motions and I don't want to live that way.

      I love that you are here, Lisa.

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  6. Hey Julia,
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment with us. There's something quite magical and feminine about deer. Occasionally I meet them on the road when I am riding my bike on narrow country lanes.My Dad used to tell me stories about how he would see them walking along the mountain ridges when he was out walking.

    Love Nige

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    1. I agree, Nige--they are magical creatures--I always feel so honored when I get to see them.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, super Nige.

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  7. I'm reading Martha Beck's FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD. She describes scenes like this that happen when you drop into a state of wordlessness. Magic.

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    1. I am reading this book too, J, and am seriously blown away by the wisdom/depth/insight there. For those of you who haven't yet had the honor of brushing up against this book, I highly, highly recommend it...I don't know that I've ever been as struck by a book-ever. There's magic inside those pages.

      J, it's truly an honor to have you right here with me.

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  8. That is the most precious thing, love that you shared it :)
    Xx
    Amy

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    1. Yes, Amy-precious is the word.

      xo

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  9. Just finished Finding Your Way in A Wild New World and just as J says, this is the result of being in Magical Wordless Oneness. Thank you for sharing this beautiful Love encounter. Loving you.

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    1. I think it's all about dropping into that place of wordlessness...I had never heard it described in quite this way before reading this book. There is something about the word "wordlessness" that makes it all so clear.

      I love you, sweet friend Alia.

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  10. You are welcome. I found your book very beautiful, and it did me good. I am glad to let people know that. We should encourage each other, and share our delights.

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    1. Clare. I love the idea of encouraging each other and sharing our delights--I really would love it if we continued to do that.

      I'm grateful that you are here.

      Love to you, my new friend.

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  11. Sch a beautiful story. I just loved reading this! Thank you.

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