Trimming hedges can be a challenge for me right now. At least, the days have been sunny and enjoyable to get the job done. Day by day, I am getting my energy and strength back. It feels good to be able to perform simple tasks like even lifting the hedge trimmer. I am grateful and amazed at the ability of our bodies to heal.
I am learning to pace myself and go with the flow. If I get tired, I stop! Unlike the “old days” when my attitude was “damn the torpedoes” and just forge ahead. I would override any thought of tiredness or stopping…it became: just get it done!
You know what? Doing even a small section of hedges, at a time, still gets the job done whether it is all in one day or five days. Who cares? Besides, it feels better to be able to walk away from the task at hand without having pain or simply being over-the top tired. Why do we do that to our bodies? We push, and push, and push. Hello?
Within this new rhythm, of slowing down, something else has become part of my awareness. A gift from Mother Earth actually. It is when I am present, living in the moment, that I am able to enjoy birds singing. Yes, I have heard birds singing before, however when I slow myself down and come back to the present moment something takes place. You reconnect with the spirit energy of Earth’s beauty and the simplicity of all that is around you. In this, case… my neighbors who fly.
I notice how birds come and sit nearby and sing to me! Well, I’d like to believe it is for my benefit. Probably NOT but why not?
When you are standing within touching distance to a bird that is looking directly at you: eye-to-eye, it is a soul connection as far as I am concerned. What further amazes me, is that I will verbally greet them and then go back to work with this loud, noisy machinery and amazingly they just hang around and continue to sing? Go figure. I love it!
In slowing down your pace, you never know what gifts from Nature you will receive. Try it some time; it is not a waste of time for sure.