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To Be

A photograph of a field near Goodrich Castle

Hamlet. The capitalised title of a song by a favourite artist. Peace and contemplation.

I recently returned from a retreat and something I made myself do was just enjoy the moments. I’m not one for simply sitting, not good at doing nothing, but I sat for an hour in the garden watching the world go by, appreciating the moment; a few shorter times, too. The good weather (that probably helped). The happiness I was finding in being away and the general bond, the shared overall purpose, of those also on the retreat.

I’ve sat with a coffee enjoying the sun, the bird song, but I want to make a deliberate effort in future to incorporate it into my week. The thoughtfulness that accompanies and follows it isn’t unlike meditation. But whilst I like meditation I find that, ironically, it involves more planning and thought than it should. Perhaps that’s just me.

I want to be more in the moment, more aware of my surroundings, more open to inspiration, to ideas.

I took many things from my retreat and that hour was one of them.

Do you make time to just be?



June 5, 2015, 2:17 am

I should. I think most of know we should. But I’m mostly terrible at actually making the time just to be. Unfortunately, I fall into the “human doing” category far more often than the “human being” category.


June 5, 2015, 6:01 pm

I try to make time to just be but as you said it often feels like you have to plan the time to be! I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your retreat.


June 6, 2015, 4:58 pm

I should probably do this too, sounds like it was quite a benefit.

Jenny @ Reading the End

June 8, 2015, 5:37 pm

I’ve been given to understand this is the sort of thing I should enjoy. But I don’t, I’m afraid — too restless a heart. Anything where I have to just sit and breathe makes me crazy. :/

Literary Feline

June 9, 2015, 12:28 am

My daughter has helped me with this. It really is refreshing in its own way. I don’t do it often enough either.


July 20, 2015, 1:49 pm

HeatherAnne: Yes, I think you’re right, we know we should. I like that phrase, “human doing”. It’s very true, we do the human thing and forget to enjoy the simple, less ‘worthy’ parts.

Jessica: Yes, it’s weird. And it can make you feel guilty.

Alice: It was. Well worth doing.

Jenny: Oh I understand that completely! I dislike going to bed for similar reasons.

Literary Feline: That’s true and a good point; children being about requires you to just be sometimes. And then there are the times (albeit few) they actively like the rest it and so you do it, too.



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