The past few weeks have been chock full of activity: end of school, visits from friends and relatives, travel for business and pleasure, work and volunteer obligations - the list is endless. This weekend, take a moment and go sit in your garden. That's right, just sit. Don't think, don't fret about garden tasks undone, don't replant that corner in your mind. Just be still.
Claude Monet - Woman Sitting in a Garden, 1876
Blessing in the Chaos
To all that is chaotic in you, let there come silence. Let there be a calming of the clamoring, a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim on you, that have made their home in you, that go with you even to the holy places but will not let you rest, will not let you hear your life with wholeness or feel the grace that fashioned you. Let what distracts you cease. Let what divides you cease. Let there come an end to what diminishes and demeans, and let depart all that keeps you in its cage. Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible and see what shimmers within the storm. --- John O'Donohue