Stepping outside with a task in mind,
I move with intention toward its completion.
Subtly and completely, my perception shifts,
and instead of allowing my mind to dictate the doing,
my body opens—to the front and sides and back—
adding a fullness and a wholeness into my doing.
My perception of time slows.
I am here, still moving, doing, completing, focused on task, but not so intensely. I take in the day, the garden, the birds, the light, the air. Perhaps I move a bit more slowly, more body-fully.
I still move with intention. My body, heart, and mind participating in a sense of embodied presence as I continue my task.
This experience is not time-stopping or mystical. It’s utterly ordinary—and different from my normal way of moving headlong into task.
It’s a moment of being in touch with timelessness.
The timelessness of our inner experience.
The timelessness of Eairth.
The timelessness of the cosmos.
The timelessness of the Divine, of True Nature, of the Goddess.
We don’t have to search for this in books, in classes or retreats or teachers… The portal is always NOW, in our precious bodysoul.
To the degree that we are present, there is only now. Yes, things still need to be done, but they occur in this timelessness moment, in presence, in touch with a truer, deeper, wholer sense of self.
This reminds me of a beautiful, simple song by Annie Zylstra, Weaving the Day. If you are a member of the facebook group Village Fire, you can listen to it here.
Weaving the day, weaving the day
The river will run and find its way
All is well. All is well.
The river isn’t rushing along to join the ocean. It’s finding its way as it flows. So can we move through our days, finding our way in presence.
Dropping the head into the heart and body, and opening to the flowing, full, timelessness of now.
From this place we can be in touch with “a sense of the natural unfolding of a day, of a season, of a year, of a life.”*
The presence practices I offer in my free e-book Welcoming the Sacred are about this—suggestions for how to meet the moment and enter it with more than head-centered intention so you can be more present throughout your day, whatever it brings.
Consciously aligning with the seasons, as we will practice in my upcoming Fall women’s mini-retreat, connects us with the natural unfolding of Mother Eairth through her changes over the year.
So, the more presence we weave into each day of each season, the more presence we weave into our whole lives. We find our flow, opening more and more deeply to a bodyful and mindful life.
How do you weave presence into your day?
From Inviting Silence by Gunilla Norris, p. 90.