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Sitting Still to Find Out What Moves You

by Dee Andrews

I was driving home, listening to NPR, and so inspired by the conversation from one of my favorite travel writers, Pico Iyer, that I immediately went in to my computer to hunt down this quote,

“Sitting still is how many of us get what we most crave and need in our accelerated lives – a break. But it was also the only way that I could find to sift through the slideshow of my experience and make sense of the future and the past. And so, to my great surprise, I found that going nowhere was at least as exciting as going to Tibet or to Cuba. And by going nowhere, I mean nothing more intimidating than taking a few minutes out of every day or a few days out of every season in order to sit still long enough to find out what moves you most to recall where your truest happiness lies and to remember that sometimes making a living and making a life point in opposite directions.”

The part about sitting still long enough to find out what moves you reminded me of my Camino de Santiago experience… it wasn’t the actual act of walking 500 miles, it was that taking the time to walk the 500 miles gave me lots of time to think, to sift through my slideshow of experiences, and determine what it was that was important to me.

Enjoy some stillness in your life today.

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