12 Sep 2013

down time


This week has been a slow one. Each day drips into the next with no definitive beginning or end.  The babies and I have taken a long tumble into the land of fevers, watery eyes and general malaise.  A change of season flu to rival all has brought my Spring cleaning frenzy to a dramatic halt but with the risk of sounding melancholy, perhaps it's just what I needed.

Our favourite books have been read and reread and lay in leaning piles all about the home and my knitting basket has never been far from reach. Lemon myrtle and tea tree oils have been burning constantly and for once I have stopped to deeply inhale their vapours. Whilst coffee is calling to ail weary eyes and limbs, ginger and lemon tea has been my beverage of choice; I listened to my heart. We haven't stepped foot out of the house for nearly a week and time has been spent lounging about in the fresh air under the trees and sleeping. Time has slowed.

Usually I operate like a wooden spinning top all speed, teetering balance and efficiency as I carve giant slices out of "to-do" lists. But this week I've toppled off my axis and have found an unsuspected nourishment in stilling myself.  Lying in shavasana for quiet moments throughout the day has led me to my breath and it's ragged, hurried nature. At first I struggled to keep my body still for any period of time and my thoughts were a raggle taggle bunch. With practise I have enabled my mind  to slow somewhat and breathe healing oxygen deep into my lungs. Although my body is convalescing, the grinding halt that has fallen about me has brought a certain peace.  I feel more in tune with my body and have learnt a little more about slowing it.

Steph x

7 comments:

  1. I hope you fell better soon, I want to tell you how much I enjoy your writing, it captures my heart and flows so beautifully,

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  2. And I want to tell you sweet Laurie that your lovely comment made me cry. Thanks so much :) xx

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  3. Sweet lady I am so glad that you are taking this much needed time to slow and rest your body it sounds like you really need it. I hope that you and your little ones are on the mend and that you are feeling better soon. It is just one more week of school and then time to relax and keep your own pace, it is tiring I am feeling it now and so are my girls. Take care lovely. xx

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  4. Hope you and all feeling much better soon lovely lady... so glad you are listening to your inner wisdom, stepping back and slowing down. May you have gentle, healthy days ahead xx

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  5. Sometimes it is so important to slow down; Something we so easily forget in the maddness of day to day life. I hope you'll feel better again soon. And thank you for this beautiful blog. It's a moment of peacefullness in the morning.. and a way for me to slow down a little bit more as well. xx

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  6. I love this post. So important to remember to take time for relaxation, even just a moment can make a huge difference. xx

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  7. stillness is so important. those lists will continue to exist {and grow and change}. taking a break and spinning from axis to stillness can be the priority. xx

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x