“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day –
like writing a poem or saying a prayer”
~ anne morrow lindbergh
In this post, Hannah Marcotti asks her readers to spend time in stillness, simply observing and daydreaming. “Meditation, soft space (time spent doing nothing but being) and daydreaming are ways of being still. Spend 5 minutes looking at your home… the books on a book shelf that you see every day, without ever really seeing them at all. Watch a plant in its stillness as you sit and see the way the light shines off of it. Notice the textures of a pillow or the patterns on a rug.”
I specifically carved out time to do this on Monday morning. I sat in a corner of my living room where I never sit. I was immediately taken back to when we were designing our house this summer and how different it is now that we live here.
I’ve added quite a few nature-like elements. A very long lamp search yielded lamps that look like they have branches in them. I’ve hung a lot of my own nature photography. Quiet, soothing colors and textures. Open and inviting space. It struck me that we succeeded in trying to bring the outside in by using floor to ceiling windows and using natural wood tones. I most enjoyed looking outside and watching the quiet rain.
Have you sat in stillness lately?