Growing up in the Drakensberg in KZN, South Africa, I have been lucky enough to experience peace and quiet! “Tranquility for the Soul”, I call it. Sitting out in the open on the farm, with the thin crisp air cleaning out my lungs with each deep breath, whilst watching the antelope prance across the sides of the mountain, it is most certainly enlightening.
Since living in the ‘big city’, there is a completely different feeling one gets, from the energy created by all the busy bodies rushing from one place to the next, from meeting to meeting and keeping up with the Jones’s. If one could view this from above, I would imagine it would look like little ants scurrying back and forth in a race to get their work back to the ant heap faster than the ant behind him.
I know that anyone working a full time job will be able to relate when I say that reality devours us on a day to day basis! When do you find the time to have, ‘me-time’? Stress, work pressure, family or relationship drama…when do you say, ‘enough is enough’ and take a moment for yourself?
Some people may have their own little rituals or routines that work for them. Yoga, running, hiking or reading? Maybe it is the time spent with your children or pets? Sitting at my dressing table the other morning inspired this post. As I stared at the Buddha statue, with the faint scent of the lemongrass as the candle flickered in the background and the flowing cotton curtains behind them, I realised that this spot was my little place of sanctuary in the mornings. With the window open just next to me, I could feel the cool breeze on my face and hear the birds chirping in the big oak tree right outside the window dropping its acorns on the roof below. For that very beautiful moment, I didn’t feel like I was in the city.
One point I would love to get across to anyone who will listen, is to notice the small things. Even in a big smoky city scattered with concrete and crime, there is natural beauty that we need to pay more attention to, because before we know it, it won’t be there anymore. Did you see that bird flying in the sky today? What bird was it? Did you notice the little Dove perched on her eggs in the tree just outside your window? Did you smell the rain in the air or catch sight of the little rabbits playing under the trees on the way to gym in the early hours of the morning? These are the special little moments that happen every day without many of us knowing that they do. Remember to create your little sanctuary in your busy life, one that will allow you to take the deep breath and notice the small things. Even if it is as short as two minutes, it will be the healthy serenity your soul needs – the natural cure to insanity.