After a long day at work yesterday I walked down a main and very busy thoroughfare in Portland. My head was full of the day’s events. I was still carrying around a pile of cares with me as well as all of the anticipated concerns about tomorrow.
Unexpectedly I came across a fountain with a beautiful sculpture. I stopped. The calmness radiating from the white marble and the sounds of the fountain gently permeated my busy mind and tired body. I stopped walking and took in the sight and sounds of what I’d just stumbled upon. I took a long deep breath.
The noise in my head and the tension in my body faded quickly and then I was left simply taking in the statue and the fountain. I walked around it, looking at it from all sides. Then I caught its reflection in the window of the skyscraper behind it. Something about that was soothing.
It was like seeing the still center within all the movement around me.
As you go about your day look for the quiet spots, the silent spaces, the moments of respite. Let yourself become absorbed by them. Breathe deeply down to your belly. Feel your feet on the ground.
Revel in the peace. It’s around us — and inside of us — all the time.
Please share with us what you discover.