Brisbane, Australia |
When I’m away from my family home in Brisbane, in a different city or on the other side of the world, it’s the little things that I miss. Like the morning sun over the mountain and palm trees, the squawking cockatoos that fly past every morning and evening, little spiderwebs and snails that come to visit in the garden, and watching the birds eat the seeds of the bungalow palm trees in the sunshine.
In The Artist Way, Julia Cameron writes about her grandmother and how she withstood the ups and downs of life by “standing knee-deep in the flow of life and paying close attention.” In our busy modern world it often seems there is no time to slow down and enjoy simple moments. That we have to keep running, or keep working, or be connected online to succeed and to survive. But as Julia goes on to say “survival lies in sanity and sanity lies in paying attention…Success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention…The reward for attention is always healing.”
I’ve been focusing paying more attention to what’s around me and detoxing from the digital world. As part of this I’m spending more time in the afternoons in the garden and growing some flowers too.