In our workaday world, it isn’t often possible to slow things down. Depending on the demands of your life, your stage of life, where you live, etc., it may seem to be infeasible. However, years ago, in the midst of a growing family and work outside the home, I began to claim time apart. I converted a space in the roughly finished garage as my art, craft and sewing studio. Giving myself this physical place, A Room of One’s Own, facilitated both my creative and contemplative process.
Back to the idea of Conscious Ceremony…Did I mention that I love the morning? Especially on a day when I don’t have to rush out the door. I’m working at minimizing adrenaline rushes. This morning, before I get caught up in the momentum of the day, I’m going to harvest cherries from the cherry tree in my backyard. This fleeting seasonal gift from the earth–if I don’t pick them soon, they’re going to be overripe or for the birds. Then I’m going to blend the best cherry smoothie. Sip it slowly, now, as I greet this day.
When I move into the day, sloooowly, I am able to bring a feeling of ceremony to my activities throughout the day. Surprisingly, when I start the day in this way, I seem to “get more things done” if that is the goal.
As poets, writers and artists, we deepen into another level when we take such time apart. Not something crammed into an already jammed schedule. But truly A TIME APART. There is a leisure to this non-ordinary time, as if we had all the time in the world and could actually savor the moment. This is how we deepen and evolve as creative beings.
This morning offers time enough to write my blog, to write in my journal, to practice drawing, to make my list for the day. And, to be a witness to the determined sun rising over Quail Ridge. All of this is ceremony!
Expressing the gratitude I feel for the beauty and appreciating the many wonders is ceremony. Sipping this amazing smoothie, reveling in the generosity of a tree that shares its gifts with me–this nourishment to my body, mind and spirit. Such a pure gift. Deep awareness brought to the morning activities–this is ceremony.
Taking Time Apart, Conscious Ceremony, can take five minutes or as long as you choose for your busy life. It’s really the pause that you invite in as you move into your day. Awareness, gratitude and presence do seem to be the key ingredients of this pause.