Savouring the Sublime Moments in Ordinary Days

5 years ago by in Coaching, Featured, Parenting

I was striding home from the school run this morning. I had two hours to myself before I was due to collect my youngest daughter from nursery. In my head and on a very long piece of paper at home was my to-do list. I decided to take the route through the park rather than the route through the train station. So I strode down the road in my usual super-quick way, took my life in my hands to cross the horrible road, had my house in sight on the other side of our little local park and powered onto the path. And then something in my world slowed down. I know virtually nothing about plants and trees, but the trees in our park are grand in size and dramatic in their abilty to reach for the sky. And as my feet hit the grass my thoughts, my breathing and my steps slowed down. I was surrounded by space, green and breeze and my mind and body immediately reacted to it. My body soaked up the sensory experience  and my mind free wheeled to try and add words to the experience. In fact, after I had wandered really slowly across the grass and reached my house, I knew I hadn’t had enough. I went inside, grabbed a notebook and a pen and headed out to sit in the grass and capture my thoughts and feelings. I have taught and lived around here for so long that I know so many people, and two people I know passed my spot. They waved, i smiled and felt both pleased to be connected with the neighbourhood and at the same time disconnected with it as I was so aware of what my senses were taking in. I felt satisfied, contented and very alive and connected to nature in that moment. My mind conjured a poem but in trying to write it down, I didn’t quite get it. I got it enough to remind me later what I’d felt at the time. I don’t write poetry and yet I did. And I felt strong and calm and I felt that all was right with me. And believe me, for a woman with a to-do list as big as mine at the moment, the magic of turning chattering monkey mind to calm and contented mind was as powerful as alchemy.

I could have gone into the house when I arrived home and stayed in and began the tasks and jobs of the day. And I would have missed out on the replenishment to my spirit and the recharge to the batteries that came from giving myself ten minutes to drink in an experience that was nourishing to me.

Ten minutes. 600 seconds. Time in flow that felt like a lot longer. I found beauty and I drank it up with my senses.

Give yourself the gift of ten minutes sometime. Notice when the world around you presents you with the gift of a changed state, an elevation of the spirit and a replenishing of your mind.

These moments of flow, these moments of peace and connection to the inner-you that is buried under the to-do list are gifts to be savoured.

Model the fact that you will accept and embrace moments of peace and connection, because then your children will have permission to enjoy their own personal moments of space, peace and flow.

10 Responses to “Savouring the Sublime Moments in Ordinary Days”

Helen Redfern
July 12, 2011

Really nice post – it’s hard to stop and just ‘be’ for a moment.

Naomi Adams
July 14, 2011

Love this Tara. Beautifully written and an essential piece of advice for anyone who can relate to that “chattering monkey mind”.

July 22, 2011

Thank you Helen. It is hard, but such a tonic when we can!

May 20, 2014

Good post. fab clicks too.. :)


Aww lovely post, it’s good for the soul to just stop, take a breath of fresh air and feel the grass between your toes isn’t it? So peaceful. I am off outside for a breather now ;) xx #thethemegame

The Reading Residence
May 20, 2014

Great post, and a powerful reminder. Like you, I’m always in a rush, mentally arranging my tasks and to-do list, rarely living in the moment. Funnily enough, this very weekend, I had one of those slow down moments, out in the garden, so maybe the sunshine has been a catalyst. Thanks for linking up and sharing with #TheThemeGame

May 20, 2014

Absolutely agree with you. Those moments of just ‘being’ can be hard to come by but when they do, we need to try and savour them. I’m trying to encourage this in my children too-appreciate the world around us as much as you can because it can be magic. Beautifully written and thanks fir sharing with #TheThemeGame

Tara Green
May 20, 2014

Thank you for running #thethemegame!And for coming by and commenting too. I love what you do and appreciate your time here x
With my toddler, it is so easy to notice beaty, to stop and stare at a cloud, an ant or a pebbledash wall (she LOVES these!) for ages. Toddler time is so nice and slow. Want to do it more with my big girls too as I think they could do with the slowness, the reflection and the noticing and appreciating of beauty even more as their lives are faster, busier and more prone to stress.

Tara Green
May 20, 2014

Thank you for #thethemegame and for dropping by; lovely to have you here!
There is something about the sensory richness of warm air and breezes on bare arms in the spring weather that makes life slow a little I think. Just lovely x

Tara Green
May 20, 2014

Thank you for dropping by :0)
#thethemegame has given me a sense of having visitors over today. So nice!
In the winter we’re all cocooned in clothes. Love your bringing up the memory of toes bare in cool grass. The warm weather let’s our bodies and senses feel the world more as the air, breeze and grass underfoot actually come into contact with us, not our clothes cocoon.

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