Unhurried Spaciousness

PREAMBLE

For months, words have been escaping me.

Life has been full and engaging in a deeply transformative way and I have so much to process, so much I want to write about and share. The concepts and ideas are forming in my head and in the pages of my journal, but the words just aren't making their way to the page - or here - quite yet. I am choosing to trust this process and its timeline.

But today... today for the first time in months I felt compelled to write because of the two words that title this blog post. They spoke to me that strongly. So I chose to trust that inkling too and show up at the keyboard tonight. It simply feels right.

Don't you love it when that happens?

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“Unhurried spaciousness.” The words on the page stopped me in my tracks.*

the birds have been an incredible healing presence for me this year, watching them is a favourite activity

Unhurried spaciousness is what I’ve been seeking, creating and living these past several months. It’s what I seek, create and live today.

After a few intense years bursting at the seams with action, new experiences and leaps out of my comfort zone it shouldn't surprise me that unhurried spaciousness is exactly what this year called for.

Though my head and ego clamour for plans, goals and visible accomplishments, my body and soul deeply crave open schedules, stillness and an organic unfolding of things. I humbly bow to the latter.

This year has unfolded slowly and close to home, sometimes frustratingly so, but when I look at it through the lens of unhurried spaciousness, labels like “lame” or “lazy” or “complacent” melt away and acceptance settles in.

Unhurried spaciousness. I’m more than OK with that.

Thank you Ms Kondo for passing along these words that so eloquently capture my experience. I am grateful.

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*  I encountered these words in a fabulous little book called the life-changing magic of tidying up - the Japanese are of decluttering and organizing, by Marie Kondo.

Photo Pause: Last Flowers Standing

Note: Photography is a path to mindfulness for me, a meditative and grounding practice that prompts me to slow down and notice the world around me. May these images offer you a space to pause, a respite in your perhaps busy day, and a reminder to take a moment now & then and notice what's going on in the world around you.

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Happy November!

I love the late fall with its golden decay just as much as I love the crimsons of an early October day. If you look closely though, there is still colour to be enjoyed...

I never even noticed the ladybug until I brought the picture up on my screen.

Photo Pause: Fall Colours (A Thanksgiving Walk in the Woods)

Note: Photography is a path to mindfulness for me, a meditative and grounding practice that prompts me to slow down and notice the world around me. May these images offer you a space to pause, a respite in your perhaps busy day, and a reminder to take a moment now & then and notice what's going on in the world around you.

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Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. I am grateful for YOU, dear reader, for being here with me.

I am also grateful for living where Mother Nature offers me four distinct seasons, each one with its gifts. I'm especially fond of autumn.

These snapshots were taken on a soul-filling Thanksgiving weekend walk in the woods.