It's a school night; the witching hour approaching.
I'm sitting by the roaring fire in our kitchen savoring the healthy meal I just made. The kids won't eat this meal, neither will my husband. It's a gesture just for me. Truthfully, my kids begged for bowls of cereal for dinner tonight and I happily agreed.
Once their bowls of cereal were finished and homework was completed they made their way down to the playroom. I can hear laughing and screaming as they play their game of make believe.
The dishes aren't done. The lunches aren't packed. Lying ahead is our usual bedtime routine. But for this moment I'm sitting down, the warmth of the fire behind me, Christmas songs playing, savoring the healthy meal I prepared just for me.
Don't forget amid the hustle & bustle and increaded activity that the holiday season brings, these moments are still yours to shape and enjoy.
How you feel in the midst of your moments is worthy of careful consideration.
Sharon Salzberg, a meditation teacher, spoke about a Buddhist teacher in India, a widowed woman with many, many children who had no time to sit on a cushion in meditation.
How had she done it then? Sharon had once asked her. How had she achieved her remarkable ability to live peacefully in the present?
Her answer was simply this: she stirred the rice mindfully.
Swept up in our usual way of taking great care of others' needs, it's even more critical when the demands increase that we hold tight to the calm, quiet moments that bring us some relief.
It's essential to our well-being that we make time to stir the rice mindfully.
I’ve heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself, unless you’re incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. - Anne Lamott
Wishing you a peaceful, calm energy as you practice taking great care of yourself today and always.
I've found comfort & inspiration in the following sources this week.