STILL MOMENTS FROM THE FLOW
In the dance of stillness and movement, I feel immersed in movement. I am open to this turn in experience. It’s fundamentally fine. But part of it involves pushing against limited energy in unfamiliar ways. I am needing to work at balancing self-care with getting things done.
I remain still at heart, with space for all the surface tensions, yet there’s an efforting in the day-to-day. I hardly know whether to resist or welcome this. I am living with elements of both. Self-compassion asks that both the resistence and the welcome be given their space.
For many years now, I have lived my spiritual life as a Druid contemplative inquiry. Contemplation is the receptive element and inquiry the active one. Nature, including mine, is the setting. Somehow, I find myself held.
I took this picture recently on a canal walk – the image is of an adjacent stream. Gazing into it now, I see a power and a swirl in this still image, whilst recalling the rapid movement and change of the stream at the time of picturing it. I find that the image evokes a sense of wonder at the power and beauty of moving water, revealing shapes and relationships that shifted too quickly to register fully on the day. In swiftly changing times, stilling and reflection offer a restorative experience.
I’ve taken to planning a mix of goals and stretch goal – identifying what really has to be done, and what it would be nice to do if there’s enough energy for it. The unpredictability tends to be the thing that trips people up, having plans that are flexible tends to help. Pushing is not always the best idea, and can just mean less energy and fewer options in the following days. Of course there are no real maps for any of this, what happens is so individual, but no doubt you will find approaches that give you the most options.
Thanks Nimue. Pushing indeed not always the best response, yet always something of a temptation!
Beautiful photo James. I can almost hear and see the water flowing.
Many people go with the flow, finding conformity easier than looking into their inner self. It is far better to go with the universal flow, letting spirituality replace day-to-day concerns.