Quiet and Alone Time

Something new and wonderful happened to me this year, I learned to enjoy my alone time!   I love to be with people and truly enjoy talking with people, this is how I get energy.  I have previously found it difficult to be alone, always making phone calls to connect with people when I found myself alone at home.  I personally felt a little rejected when I was alone.  This year marked the first year that both my children were in school all day which left me with 6 hours in which no one was home.  I am teaching yoga quite a bit so I am with people during these times, however, when I would come home for lunch or have time in the morning I truly savored the quiet.  I never turned on the television and would sit at the kitchen window while eating and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding me.  During these quiet times I could become aware of my breath and feel grounded and content.   Now that summer vacation is upon me, I am a little mournful that I will have a lot less of this blissful alone time.  I know that in order for me to stay grounded and calm I will need to increase my meditation practice and who knows, maybe I can get my children to enjoy some quiet, contemplative time.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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