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Stillness–the joy in being quiet

Sometimes I struggle with all the noise. Ok, most of the time. I have tried to figure out why noise is so tough for me to deal with. One, I have an inner ear disorder that affects my hearing. Two I lived alone for a long time so I was surrounded by quiet. But I think I long for number three which is it brings a stillness to my mind.

In the quiet morning like today when no one but the dog is awake, I can just be still. My mind isn’t racing yet with all the days tasks. The kids aren’t asking for anything yet. I’m free to wake up, meditate and prepare for the day.

When I get these moments I’m much more at peace. It is easier for me to handle the needs and requests of everyone in my home. The quiet is necessary for me to have Joy.

These quotes remind me of why it’s important:

Do you find quiet places in your day? Do you take time to meditate? To just breathe and relax and quiet your mind for even just a few minutes?

I hope you try this practice. I’m getting back into it as I’ve found when I don’t, I struggle with patience and feeling my best. To sit in quiet, to just breathe and center my mind, creates room for calmness and peace to enter in.

I’m a talker by nature and enjoy being around those I care about. It’s often loud and chaotic. But the chatter of everyone, including myself can overwhelm me if there’s not a break. If there are no moments of silence.

Perhaps your recharge from the loud. From being around others more often than not. For me stillness is necessary to bring joy into my world. If you are similar, I hope you find those quiet moments.

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Friday’s Word (19)

I love Pinterest. I could be sucked in for hours dreaming, creating, building boards, finding awesome crafts and party ideas I’ll most likely not complete. I bring this up, because I also love that I get to learn words that I would not normally come across.

This week, it’s a Greek word that caught my attention; speaks to what I hope to do with this one life I get to live. We all have the ability to create; do so from your heart.

Happy Friday everyone.

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Where does your soul find rest?

It’s that time of year again!   The end of the summer, last trip before we must return to the regularly scheduled program of school and work.  In my house, this often means a ROAD TRIP!  This summer though, I have been recovering from back surgery and can not sit in a car long enough for a long car ride.

So we hopped a flight and landed in Montana last night!  The air is hazy with all the fire smoke, a bit heavy and dry, but it’s MONTANA!  For those who know me, know that my soul is at rest, my heart light and my body relaxed as I just breathe in the Montana air (no matter the quality).   This is home to me.   Not because I was born or raised here, but because I found myself here.

I believe that where you venture out on your own, is a place you will always be drawn to. Where you have explored, found the local haunts and met new friends.   No matter how long it has been since you have been there, this place will always have special meaning.

I found my place about 25years ago!  For me this is Montana.

And every year, I venture back, even if for one day, to place my toes in Montana soil.  I bring my kids here so they can see what their mama looks like in her special place.  I want them to understand my draw to the Big Sky,  the mountains and to a place that for me the pace of life is calmer.  I want these kids to understand they too can find a special place; they can venture into new lands and explore.  That one day I hope they take me along and show me where their soul finds peace and rest.

Where is your special place?  That place you explored.  Learned the streets and routes; hideouts, parks, coffee shops or favorite restaurants.   Do you ever go back and see if it still brings a smile to your face just to drive down old streets?  Do you take your kids or partner and show them a piece of you that they may not see in day to day life?  If you have not found this place, look for it.  Be open to finding it.  Let it seek you.  There is somewhere that when you breathe the air, place heel to toe on the pavement,  your soul sighs a happy contentment.  Find it.  Let it breathe new life into you, every time you go there.

Signing off now…I’ve got some Montana places to get to.