June Musings from Kimberly

Savor

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Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.–Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to June at Tranquil Space. We’re nearly half-way through 2013 and about to launch into sultry sum, sum, summertime. We have Teacher Training Level 1 starting soon, a new crop of talented teachers joining our team, fresh full-time faces at Dupont and Arlington {welcOMe Marlies and Alyson}, and a slowing of pace as we head into this new season. Think weekend jaunts to the beach, yoga outdoors, and succulent fresh fruit from farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Oh, and June also includes my big 4.0. when I hope to be in contemplative meditation at Plum Village.

Last month I completed my Master’s of Social Work, celebrated by attending a silent meditation retreat and then dashed off to Paris for six weeks of writing and leading retreats. My first of two Art, Yoga + Shopping retreats ended Sunday and today is my first day of slowing and writing since my arrival in Paris. It began with a yummy yoga practice mainly to the Great Gatsby soundtrack while savoring a pot of jasmine tea. Ommmmmm.

Note the carefully chosen word “savor.” Note the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life in the above photo. Note the connection to mindfulness. This is one shining characteristic that draws me to French culture. There is a sort of savoring life that I personally struggle against in DC. It’s no lack of trying but rather a nasty habit. Here I feel a desperate need to stop, drop, and savor. Versus eating on the go. Texting while walking or waiting in line. Rushing from appointment to appointment. Overeating out of exhaustion and greed {just one more thin mint!}. Scrolling aimlessly through websites because I’m in front of the screen and too tired to step away. Resonate?

One of my main intentions during my time here {and beyond} is to savor. Savor experiences. Savor connections with retreaters. Savor mosquito-free open air. Savor farmer’s markets. Savor dedicated writing space. Savor simple beauty. Savor grand art {bonjour Monet}. Savor the opportunity to create new habits.

An insightful passage highlighted in Savor speaks to this:

“There is a Zen story about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the rider is urgently heading somewhere important. A bystander along the road calls out, “Where are you going?” and the rider replies, “I don’t know! Ask the horse!” This is also our life story.”

The Zen story is a beautiful reminder to consciously steer our own horse {life} versus letting it race ahead without noticing what’s happening within, without, and around us. Won’t you join me in savoring? The next few months are filled with plans to savor a sense of freedom sans grad school paper deadlines. Through mid-November I’ll be leading these two international retreats plus Tranquility Summer Camp, attending WDS in Portland, working on my next book, taking Tranquil Space far and wide by crisscrossing across North America on a Tranquilologie book tour {filled with art by our very own Mary Catherine Starr}, and going through a vegan academy in NYC to deepen my work for the animals. I’ll be back intermittently subbing classes and teaching workshops with a final return in time to welcome our Thanksgiving Day yogis–a favorite holiday tradition.

I hope our paths will cross at the studio or on tour and invite you to follow this ongoing tranquility journey on my blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Wishing you a savor-filled day of connecting to all five senses. Deeply. Wholeheartedly. Compassionately. You deserve it. And so does your body and mind.

Namaste,

Kimberly Wilson

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