If you peeled your eyes away
to give them a break
to rest from so much seeing
to see what might be discovered in reality…
If you pulled your nose back from the glass and stone
from the screen and window
to inhale something new, or just stop breathing the fumes…
If you covered your ears
and stopped listening to tripe, to lies, to bait…
What would you hear?
What would you smell?
What would you see?
Sometimes I feel it – too much seeing.
Sometimes my breathing is labored from so much pressing my nose where it need not be.
Sometimes my ears are tired from so much hearing of what I do not need.
I step back. I close my eyes.
I shut the computer and the phone.
I listen to silence.
Perhaps to song.
And I breathe.
And I create.
And I relax.
More and more I’m finding I need periods of respite from online activity. Be it a few hours or even days, this unplugging allows me to rest, to really hear and see what’s going on in my life, to listen to what my pen wants to draw or write. It feels a bit like Spring. Something underneath the surface beginning to stir and waken, yet still waiting to come forth. I’m seeing it on my walks these days…tiny bright green spots coming up from the ground and peeking out the ends of limbs. It’s still very early days here in the South where winter could come roaring back just when the tender blooms think it’s ok to wave at us.
I need to step back, listen to the silence of so much growth. I need to keep watch over the tender shoots…breathing, creating, and relaxing into the change of seasons.