I considered that this is what life is really about; the gentle moments. In our fast paced world we want everything automatically and we find ourselves groaning when service is too slow, the internet isn't fast enough, the lights turn red, our goals are taking too long to achieve and our kids are dawdling. We even finish people's sentences for them, anxious to get the story moving. But, it is in the gentle moments that we discover the real essence of life. They are the tiny moments in time that bring us lasting memories of joy.
Think about the most gentle moments; a rainbow emerging following a storm, a tender kiss, a word of encouragement, holding a precious newborn, the hand of the baby on your face as she feeds, a consoling hug, a kiss blown to you from a toddler, the silent tear of pride that rolls down your cheek, the hand that reaches out to hold yours, a declaration of love. These are all gentle, life giving moments.
I read a principal's report that stated that the school's children were gentle. I imagined children who cared and respected themselves, others and their environment. Opinions would be heard, conflict would be resolved calmly and restoratively, forgiveness would be evident and new relationships would blossom.
A colleague of mine often ends her messages with the words, "Go gently" and it sits well with me. It gives me permission to be kind and gentle with myself. I have recently been treated by a practitioner who works very gently with the body and through her practice she has been able to bring healing to many. She works in gentle and life giving ways, honouring the person and their body in her work.
I love the idea of living in more gentle and life giving ways; loving and honouring myself, others and my environment. It is key in living a simply spirited! life. I am just on the cusp of this journey; a journey to me. Sleep is my first 'go gently' goal. (Read about it here and here)
There are so many ways to go gently but as with all new habits this transformation needs to be kind and......yes, gentle.
In what ways would you like to go gently this week?
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