Longing to Linger
Summer is upon us and I have made an intention to slow down, to take time for myself, to linger a little longer, especially with my sweet girls. Whether it’s over a cup of coffee or a long embrace, I want to slow down enough to feel it, to taste it, to allow life to come alive for me. This comes in contrast to most of the year where, like many, I am juggling more things for both my family and myself. Somehow the arrival of summer gives me permission to smooth out the edges and the timelines. It allows me to wake a little later and give my body more time to nourish and replenish, even if that means I meditate for a shorter time. Rest is equally important.
I hope to spend more time outdoors despite the sweltering heat. I hope to take time to watch my girls spiral into deep contagious laughter or fits of fighting. I want to stay a while in both the places that feel joyful and those that get uncomfortable. With a keener presence, I will become reacquainted with myself and the world around me. Slowing down is essential for this to happen. Moving fast and getting a lot accomplished can feel good, but it comes at the expense of feeling less. This life is worth experiencing intimately. Today I will choose to linger. Will you?
It only takes a reminder to breathe,
a moment to be still, and just like that,
something in me settles, softens, makes
space for imperfection. The harsh voice
of judgement drops to a whisper and I
remember again that life isn’t a rely
race; that we all will cross the finish
line; that waking up to life is what we
were born for. As many times as I
forget, to catch myself charging forward
without even knowing where I am going,
that many times I can make the choice
to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
slowly into the mystery.
~ Danna Faulds