|breathe. (c) Lori L. Moon|
During the weekend, while visiting the farmers' market, I became overwhelmed. The market was crowded, people were impatient and I became frustrated at the insensitivity - it is the week before Christmas after all.
As I inched my way forward, this lovely sign was stuck on the front of a display case and as I smiled, I listened.
I took a deep breath. I then left the market, bought a cup of tea and watched the chaos from a window 3 stories up in a nearby building.
I want to encourage you, especially during this time of year, to breathe.
Take a moment, even if it is just a moment and slow down.
I honestly love the farmers' market. The smell of the fresh baked bread, the nibbles that the booths give away, hot cider in the winter, iced tea in the summer, the freshness of the vegetables, the smell of the earth that still embraces the produce, not to mention just the idea of farm to table and the fact that I am directly supporting the life of another. It really is beautiful.
This is the same reason that I love to support artists. All of the gifts for my immediate family this year were either made or purchased from another artist. The idea that I am directly supporting someone else's passion - speaks to me. But I got sidetracked...
As your days become busier, you rush from place to place, you cook holiday dinners, visit family, wrap presents, travel, phone family, shop at the last minute, forget something, write cards, . . . remember to breathe.
Remember to breathe and pause if only for a moment.
Grab a cup of tea,
Giggle with a child,
Play with a pet,
Talk a walk,
Listen to your favorite song (sing along),
Enjoy the smell of baked bread,
Close your eyes and breathe,
Notice the person you just walked past,
Say happy holidays,
Kiss a loved one,
Simply, take a moment and breathe.
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Have you noticed any Shared Messages from the Universe?
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