Minutes of gloriousness

stand and stare

Life full on? Hardly time to catch your breath, let alone think?

Take time to stand and stare! Look at the natural world. Marvel at the intricacy. Be absorbed in its activities. Just for minutes.

It’s counter-intuitive. We think we don’t have time. But when we take those minutes it changes the minutes and hours that follow. It changes us. It gives us a different perspective. Try it and see!

And I love this poem which celebrates that need we seem to have so deeply within us: to stand and stare.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

By Wm. Henry Davies

This is Mindful Monday on 14 October 2019.

If you live in Cheltenham or nearby, join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of each of our uniqueness on Monday 4 November 7.30-9 pm at the Oasis. There is no charge but you do need to book your place. Simply email hello@essencecheltenham.org



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