Written just as the Covid-19 restrictions were starting to lift a little in the spring of 2020, still applicable now though...
Picture this: a wide fast flowing river with
high banks and deep water. The pull to join the current is strong, enticing in its promises to take you somewhere new. Maybe to new places, adventures, into new projects or simply into the busyness of life.
What if this river were to slow a little, say due to a global pandemic, allowing you to rest in the eddies for a time. Or maybe even to climb onto the soft banks away from those fast moving waters.
Imagine this time as a gift, a time to slow down, rest, and revel in the simplicity of your life. Taking this time to exist in the present moment, rather than always looking forward and anticipating the future.
Imagine this time of slowing down an opportunity for self reflection and to listen to your inner voice, asking yourself ‘how do I really want my life to be and what is really important?’ Explore the quiet river banks for a time.
Inevitably, the river will begin to move faster again and swirl around us, pulling us back into its flowing waters. Your challenge will be to remember this time of reflection. As you move gradually back into a new way of living on our planet, trying to keep these new priorities at the forefront will be your task as you feel the pull of the currents around you.
What an opportunity we all have now to reevaluate and remodel how we desire our lives to be. Resist, at least for a time, the strong pull of the current that is sure to build over the coming weeks and months. And then, find a way to often return to your quiet eddie or soft river bank.
Jules is a mother, nurse, wife and Yoga Teacher living in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Oh, and an aspiring "Peace Ambassador" helping others to find a little more rest and peace in their busy lives.