I find myself sitting outside in the warm air, breeze playing gently on my skin. I needed nature this morning, after what felt like a night of tumultuous dreaming and not deep sleep. I am making a bigger effort to pay attention to what it is I need this morning.
I am feeling this curious mix of softness and overwhelm, and this morning when I woke and noticed the sensations, I was quick to ask myself what I needed to support me today.
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Which sometimes is not the easiest thing to do when you are feeling like you have an almighty long to do list.
What could I do, what action could I take to be gentle with myself? Firstly, it was to sit outside and drink my tea in the quiet. Not to rush into my day.
As I was sitting drinking tea, checking my phone. Only half way to gentleness at this point, I was still running my to-do list through my head and wanting to tick off some of my tasks.
I became aware of this deep knowing or sense in my body, a sensory experience, gentleness for me is an internal state of being. It has a quality of restfulness and care. It is soft and undefended. It is also clear and unrushed.
To acknowledge that gentleness is not rest and taking time out, although that may be what I need.
Gentleness is a state of being where the inside of myself is quiet enough to hear what I need, to listen and pay attention to what is alive in me.
In fact, for me gentleness is not a doing thing at all. It has everything to do with how I am being, and if gentleness can live inside me as a state of being then how interact with the world becomes a new experience.
If I can seep my cells in care and kindness, if I can submerge myself in this softness and openness which this state of gentleness evokes in me. I feel as though I can meet and engage with the world from a place of tenderness and acceptance of what is happening in the moment.