The smoke was like a whisper of the fire it once was. Slowing down after a ferocious start, burning down a large pile of branches.
Now it teased knowing its heat was dying out but still understanding it had power. For a gust of wind could turn it around and whip it up again.
It reminded me of how quickly things can change. And how, sometimes, it’s important to slow it all down.
That was last Sunday in the back paddock, just beyond our yard, a bonfire lit by our neighbors that eventually petered out to a wisp.
That afternoon we walked down to where the last of the embers were still smouldering.
We sat on the cool green grass with our cup of tea and savoured the last of the warmth of the fire.
It was good to sit and relax. Has anyone else felt a shift, a slowing down of energy in May? I’ve felt in a constant state of slow-mo lately.
It’s been a time of quiet contemplation and I’ve not fought it or forced anything this month.
Sometimes it’s necessary to slow down, not to stop completely but just to ease up.
We see it in nature every day.
Ever so slowly they’re turning to pretty pink flowers.
I love it when they bloom. They remind me of mum, who always loved them.
Then there are the mushrooms that sprout out of the earth of their own accord and the green lemons that take so long but ultimately ripen.
Around town the last of the Autumn leaves are falling from the trees. Slowly they’re releasing themselves to the earth.
I walked Harry and let him stop and sniff without rushing him.
Dogs teach us how to slow down and appreciate the moment.
Back in the paddock, the fire eventually burnt out to a slow simmer.
There is no rush.
My mantra for the remainder of May is simply to “go slow”.
I have a feeling that next month the pace will pick up again and I’ll be ready.
So for the next week let’s all take time out to chill a bit.
- Don’t rush so much.
- Be kind to yourself
- Take time to do what you love
- Savor each slow moment
- Embrace the word ‘yet’ – if you haven’t done something you feel you should have, perhaps it’s not the time … yet. But always be open to possibilities.
On Monday, as the sun rose and the sky exploded in color, I stood and watched in wonder. It was fleeting, like a slow burn in the sky and then it was gone.
It’s the same in life.
Beauty arrives then it fades and it’s up to us to cherish every moment of it, every feeling of happiness as it happens.
Slow down your life from the inside out and your outer world will become more peaceful.
In love and light.