I open up the curtains and begin my morning. Make the bed, throw a load of wash in, head downstairs to make a pot of coffee. No cream or sugar, just plain and simple, black. Let the dogs out and follow close behind with my boots on. My boots are still wet from the last nights rain storm. As I walk across the yard, I take in the feeling of the morning. The humidity is high and the clouds are scarce enough they are allowing the morning sun to shine through lightly. Grab the goat’s bucket fill it with food and head out to see Homer and Super G. The goats begin to cry out as they see me (I would hope) or the blue bucket that I am carrying. As I open up their door and watch them skapper into the pasture near by. Once the goats settled in I was on to the next 19 pets we have, chickens. I like to fed the chickens first before letting them out, the battle of 19 birds following you around while you fed them is not my cup of tea. As the Rooster crows close, I know the morning has begun on our little farm.
Some days, I go through the motion and not able to appreciate the simple chores of the morning. When I am rushed and off to the next place, next topic, next activity I feel this pull to take time for the morning. But today I was able to slow down, which is what I believe is one the points of having this farm. To slow down a little, to appreciate what we have going on around us. The observations of each animal as they wake too and start their day. Today, was one of those days. I took my coffee out with me this morning to enjoy watching the goats. As I sip on my warm black coffee and fill up their water bucket, their tails flutter happily. I then decided to head to the garden. As you know working in the garden is instant gratification for me. This morning I was able to pick 3 handfuls of green and yellow beans, 1 zuccinni to add to the 4 we have sitting on the counter, lots of snap peas and 3 cucumbers. I guess you can say I went grocery shopping in my backyard. Cleared out some weeds and listened. I listened to the birds chirp in the nearby trees, the sound of the rooster calling and hens clucking, the goat’s bells ringing as they play on their ramp. The raindrops falling from the leaves to other leaves as they sway in the wind. The silence of the morning, the feeling of gratitude and blessings from near and far that our Mother has shared with me.
Its funny when you take time for your daily steps in life and become all there with yourself and the surroundings. Mindfulness is one thing that we often look past in our daily lives. Even if its just realizing the process of getting ready in the morning or driving to work. Being mindful is key to the meditation of life. The flow that we all experience but often not recognize. Take time for you today, even if its sitting on a bench in the nearby park, using all your senses, putting your phone down, stop scrolling (your thumb can use the break). Listen, hear, see, feel, and smell what is going on, 10 minutes a day will help you get to the present moment you are in all the time. Not thinking about your past, future, worries, doubts, and other thoughts and feelings that will often cross us. Its for your health its for the balance. Other people will appreciate you more and you will also appreciate yourself. Just like chickens, just like the goats, just like this morning, I appreciate it all.
Be There, Be All There.