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Taking the time to Be

Updated on July 28, 2010

How often do we take the time to merely "be"? Life is so full of information, time management decisions and details that it is difficult to sit and reflect upon the wonder of it all.

I sat on the shoreline looking off across the water toward the horizon yesterday. Around me sea gulls screeched and pigeons cooed. There was a cool uplifting breeze carrying the scent of the salty ocean breeze across my face and the sunshine cascaded on my face.

From my perch I was able to see the multitudes of rocks washed up on the shoreline and the tide wending its way closer and closer to the driftwood placed gracefully by the rock wall by the soothing wave streams. My reflection of the peace and serenity of the outer world reflected the inner beauty felt in my heart. There was a sense of oneness with the "all that is" that surrounds and protects us all.

The seat seemed to beckon me to stay for a longer time than anticipated, and I struggled to bring myself up to my feet and take action to leave. Letting go of the trance that encompassed me, I brought the serene beauty of the scene into my collective aura and brought the calmness of the moment descend even deeper into my soul's projection than before.....

I can access this now upon reflection, blood pressure remaining calm and aloof from the duties of the warrior, and the time meshes until I know that this moment can be regained by the simplicity of the remembering and the non-attachment to the outcome.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Most of us are moving too fast to take time and smell the roses. It is important to just be still sometimes.

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      That was lovely...made me want to 'be' too! :)

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      If you are up my way, come "be" with me anytime ladies!

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      8 years ago

      ah yes we should surely take time to smell the roses, probably far more than we do

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Your experience is enlightening for all. It is so peaceful to just be.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      The secret is - always to "BE, "being" within, regardless of the exterior situations. Cultivate it as you did, Aley- in a really peaceful place which is conducive to it, and as you said, you can now access it. It's not the place, though - it's what you FELT being there.

      The main thing, though - is that core of YOU being in sync with yourself no matter what.

      You can create reminders in case it gets muddled. But it is always there inside ourselves where that sense of being whole happens. And we are always available to ourselves if we just remember we are. We never need to panic.

      I have moments (fewer and fewer) I call my "fertile flux" in which I can't quite find it. But since I named this sense of being unstrung or whatever (about 37 years ago) - I could accept those times too & KNOW it was simply gaining new awareness and approaching new turns in the road. Things seem "in flux" but it's a fertile one! Made all the difference for me.

      Remember what the verb "to be" refers to. It's not "to see" or "to experience" or "to hear" or "to do". It IS the being which one IS. It can't be taken or hidden from oneself without allowing it. So - don't allow it to be, even by yourself!

      Aley - I love this hub. And I'm so pleased you took that time to just BE. I almost can feel I was there too.

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      I know it is! I work outside the house and online myself! The winter is harder as I have another full time job...the key is not to feel guilty when you do take time to "be"...just find it and enjoy!

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      I know I never take enough "me" time or time to be as you put it. And I need to. but with working full time outside the home and then coming home from work and working on the website, hubs, and books it's hard to stop and just enjoy the little things in life.


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