We all need a respite every once in a while, don’t we? I love this word: respite. It means: delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief. Lately I’ve been talking with clients a lot about these respite spots. I’ve been calling them Pockets of Peace.
We all have different ways to restore and recharge. The possibilities are really endless, it all depends on what works for you. Some of us are more adept at this that others. For example cats! Note my cat, Ponzu in her sunny Pocket of Peace. Not a care in the world.
I recently had my own experience of this that came about in an odd way. I took my computer in for an “upgrade” last week. It was gone Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday. Initially it was truly odd and disconcerting. I’d have some random question come up in my head, something like “Gee how hot is it supposed to get today?” or “Did Oscar Wilde know Winston Churchill?” You know those questions that we now can instantly answer with Google? Except when we can’t because we have no computer. Then there was the “Oh, since I have this time why don’t I call my friend Janet? I haven’t talked to her in ages!” Guess where her phone number is stored…yep, in the computer.
So it wasn’t a complete technology fast. I had the telly, and phone. It was odd, I felt a bit at sea like we do with anything we aren’t used to. And then it started to shift. If became this Pocket of Peace. Somehow I felt calmer. I seemed to have time in a new way. I made a Caftan from choosing the fabric from my stash, to cutting it and sewing it all in one day. Without rush or hurry.
And when the computer came back, although I was happy and thrilled that it now works better, I wasn’t seduced back to the constant call it sends of “Come see what’s on Facebook! Play a few card games! Check your email!” And a week later, although I’m back on the computer, I’m still in a calmer place. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s about stopping so much “doing” so I can experience more “being”! That being place seems to bring things into perspective. They seem more manageable and less urgent to me.
A while back I wrote a blog about Time Travel, and how as humans we do that all that time – go back in the past, dream of the future. In away I was experiencing Time Travel. I was in a slower time that was allowing me more focus and Pockets of Peace…ahhh.
As summer comes to a close in a couple of weeks and we all head back into the scurry of September, let’s remember and make room for our own Pockets of Peace.
Shell Tain, The Untangler
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