I’m not feeling very well today. I got up and readied for work – then decided it would be best to stay home, tend to what ails me and wake up better tomorrow.
I sat outside, Silent within, and listened deeply to all that surrounded me.
People in households around me were going about their morning routines.
Dogs were let out, spoken to, let back in.
Car doors were opened, engines started, cars driven away.
Recycle bins were rolled down driveways and left for the weekly pick-up.
Soon the muffled hum of traffic from main roads not far from me was the only human-generated sound to be heard; and in time, that faded too.
Bird chirps and chatter filled the space in which I sat. With eyes closed, it felt much like I imagine sitting in the Rainforest would feel.
With eyes open, the shimmer of light on the breeze rustled leaves brought memories of the lantern filled with fairy lights I had contemplated buying for my sister.
Sitting absolutely still, I watched a Cardinal prepare a nest in the Lilac Branches immediately above me. When I moved to get up and fetch my camera, she flew off.
When I returned to settle in to Quiet Stillness, she perched on a tree branch int he back corner of the yard and chirped to distract me.
In time, my stillness gave her courage to fly by me again, Project Nest Preparation had been re-initiated.
Bearing witness to her work has been the highlight of the week so far. At one point, the brilliant red male soared into the Lilac Bush – then flew off down the side garden path. Beautiful.
I got to thinking about concepts that have been presenting themselves to me lately, showing up in ways that have captured my attention: Silence, Mindfulness, Presence, Creating Something New.
And also, they symbolism I had just been exposed to: Shimmering Light, Fading of Noise, Empty Nest, being ‘Under the Weather’.
As I get up to take Mint Leaves from the side garden for a cup of soothing tea, I give these thoughts permission to settle inside me; once distilled, their purpose will be revealed to me from within.
For now, I will linger in this place of not knowing, in the Knowing that when you’re open to the unexpected – magic can happen …