Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Moon - Sacred Focus

Hello Dear Blog Readers,
I'm participating in April Moon, a 2-week writing challenge hosted by Kat McNally. I'm not always able to write about each prompt individually, as they come, so I've been grouping some of my writings together. Today I'm writing on 2 words...


SACRED

 What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?


It is a quiet Sunday morning and I am walking along a narrow road, with only the sound of local birds to keep me company. I love being the only person out on such a morning.

Suddenly I am aware of a buzzing sound overhead, but I don't see anything nearby until I look up, over my head. It is a hummingbird that is hovering closer than I would expect any hummingbird to do.

I sense he is trying to get my attention but I don't know why. I do not see a nest, but would I recognize a hummingbird nest if I saw one? I remember that I have seen pictures of hummingbird nests, so I would indeed recognize one if it was in my path, but a hummingbird nest is not in my path today...

I try to get closer to the hummingbird in the hopes I will capture a photo of him, to prove that this bird was hovering so close over my head, but he quickly flies out of my reach, too far to be photographed.

I keep still a few moments, hoping he will come close again, but he keeps his distance.

I begin to resume my walk when I hear the buzzing sound again. I turn to see the hummingbird close overhead, and when I try, yet again, to get close for a photo, he zips away out of reach.

I think of waiting it out, but realize it's time to head home so I can begin my day. I begin to walk and this time the hummingbird does not follow me.

If I only knew how to speak hummingbird I might have understood what he was trying to convey as he hovered close over my head. Maybe he was just saying "Good morning".

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FOCUS

 What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?

Some days I have great focus and other days, my focus is not so great, and it's a challenge to stay on task with my never-ending list of things to be done and ever-growing list of projects I want to make.

Some days I work with my to-do list and some days I fight with it.

Some days I use my cell phone alarm to get work done in 10-15 minutes bites and some days I can effortlessly accomplish all my tasks without the need of a timer...

I have a daily morning meditation routine but I've learned that meditation is not necessarily about emptying your mind of thoughts, but about learning how to live with them and not let them overtake your life.

Being creative and taking creative actions is a great way to focus, but some days, just being quiet and breathing goes a long way...


...And some days, hand embroidery is the best meditation of all!

1 comment:

Kat McNally said...

It seems to me that sacred and focus have a lot in common! I hadn't really made the connection up until now.
Love the way the hummingbird refused to be captured on camera. Just demanded to be savoured in the moment.
Embroidery, most definitely. x