On this Earth Day, we celebrate 48 years of awareness about being kinder to our home planet….to protect our environment even in the wake of the horrible policies and environmental agenda of this country. This poem has many levels….a renewal of my garden, the earth and of me personally that always happens in spring with new growth.
The pictures are of early organic lettuce growing in my garden last year. With our cold spring I have not started my lettuce in the garden yet.
I am joining in with Poets Unitedfor their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.
I am not sure I totally agree that change can be restful. When our lives go through so much change, we need a period of rest afterwards to replenish our weary bodies and minds. Our lives can be so overwhelming at times. So much coming at us.
And yet there are times when my life feels stuck….repeating the same things over and over….boredom sets in and what I need is a change to refresh myself. And in these times change can bring about the feeling of rest. A change of scenery, a change in routine or interacting with different people. These all can invigorate me on many levels.
It is important to take care of our total health; body, mind and spirit. But we can’t always just take a trip or be away from our busy lives. In these times for me, I carve out just 10 minutes and go to one of my special spots. Those places that refresh me as soon as I enter, like my garden. You might also have a special spot. A hot bath, a favorite chair in which to meditate, a walk to a local park nearby, maybe even a nap. All can bring about the rest and change we seek…we crave…we need.
The seasonal changes can also bring about that change we desire. Sometimes the change may be from a resting state to a reawakening as with the coming of spring. And other times, it is the need to slow down. I think that is why I love to see Autumn come.
With Autumn my senses come to life as I observe first subtle changes of leaf color around me. And then I watch nature take hold as she prepares to rest….all her critters calling to me to come with them and partake in this time to slumber. For me it is like going to a spa, or participating in a prolonged meditation. I feel the same benefits.
And rest is essential if we are to revitalize ourselves from time to time. We can become so busy living our lives that we miss the signals our bodies give us…..subtle at first and then sometimes a hard hit to make us notice that we have been doing too much…..going faster, harder, longer.
Without the time to slow down and be gentle with ourselves, we will use up our energy and compromise our health. Just finding 10 minutes once a day can work wonders. A little chunk of time where we can turn our compassion inward upon ourselves, and give ourselves the gift of rest.
Do you give yourself this gift of rest and renewal? What works for you?
Special Note: The pictures here are of Autumn scenes from my garden last year, as nature prepares to rest and turn her energies inward to replenish herself.