Are your days blending together into more or less routine; day in and day out the same old thing? How long has it been since you’ve felt inspired, creative and eager to jump into another day?
Sometimes I just keep my head down and work at whatever’s in front of me. The next thing I know, hours have passed. I can get bogged down in the details and neglect lifting my head for a view of the big picture. Does this sound familiar?
When I start feeling like it is “same stuff, different day” I know it is time to do something, anything, a little different. Life is simply too amazing to be living on auto-pilot.
How do I know when it’s time to break up my routine? When my days seem to blur together, I know it’s time to wake up and gain awareness again. When I open my eyes and feel ambivalent about my day, I know it’s time to refresh the simple joy of living. I’ve found that when I step out of my normal routine, for just a few hours, and sometimes for even just a few minutes, I feel awakened.
I took Bob the Dog for an evening walk alongside a river, on a trail I hadn’t visited in years. I had brought cherries with me to snack on. I decided to see what it would be like to close my eyes and eat cherries by the river. I sat, eyes closed, slowly, slowly savoring cherries and listening to the river…only slightly distracted by Bob tearing back and forth in playful excitement.
Here’s a poem inspired by that experience.
Standing by a River Eating Cherries with My Eyes Closed
Juice bursts in my mouth as the first bite penetrates the barrier of skin
Spreading sweetness … my sense of taste intensified by closing my eyes and by being outdoors
I hear the river and listen to the soft “plop” of pits hitting the water
I contemplate the subtle differences as I savor another cherry
Tastes and textures are magnified on my sensitive tongue
Bings are firm, crisp, slightly tart. Their juice is contained in the fruit and then released slowly as I chew.
Rainiers are softer, plumped with sweet juice that is released in a gush on the first bite.
I consider experiences – cherries – in my life and reflect upon their differences, subtle and otherwise.
Some have been a rush of sweetness and then gone.
Others I’ve had to chew on a bit to work the sweetness out of them.
In the heightened awareness of my chosen sightlessness
I feel the summer wind on my face; I hear the flow of the river
I taste the vibrant cherries;
I consider the miracles of life and the wonder of
Standing by a river eating cherries with my eyes closed.
A retreat can be just this simple! Whether for a few moments, a few hours or a few days, you can be refreshed and see your life with new eyes.
How can you wake up to life? What opportunities do you have to play and create? When will you get out and about, or maybe try something new or different? What do you want to explore that makes your soul sing? If not now, when?
Retreat Coach Kelly Morrison | Retreat Coaches Network