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Searching For Harmony

Posted by Val Fox on April 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The following blog post was a flash-writing exercise where thoughts tumbled out in no particular order and with no edits. The end goal was to find a way back to harmony.


I love to listen to the news every day at least once, and a low-volume news channel often serves as background noise during the day. While learning to think like a journalist, I turned into a news hound. I don't always fully understand some news stories and often listen again to gain clarity. From there I write it down using the simplest words, adding metaphors or even gestures (if telling the story.)

This practice, although stimulating, has another side.

I grieve with families of Flight 370 passengers and crew; the most recent school attack gives me alarmed pause; stories of refugees on perilous journeys and victims of violence provoke anger or sadness; tragedies resulting in forever-altered lives tug at my spirit. Some days I feel frustrated and powerless as I learn about the world's inhabitants. Other days I step back, not knowing who to trust, all from watching the news.

Then I pause to say "Thank you" for all the gifts and opportunities I have here in Canada. The time is now 11:30 a.m. I will not listen to the news for the rest of the day.

(2 seconds later)

My body still works considering the abuse I put it through. The brain works most days but it never stops chattering. It takes continued practice to quiet my mind so I can hear the wisdom it contains. When I remain open to new thoughts, while practicing discernment and peaceful contemplation - Oh! and while we're on the subject of..

The chattering starts again. I turn off the volume.

Fan whirls feathered air to caress cheeks and neck. Wet snow drips off the roof; I hear tapping hooves and gentle snorts. Shimmering snow flows to melting pools. Dogs on bales study ground squirrel holes. Sun-bathing cats stretch then turn to bake the other side. Coffee maker pops and the refrigerator motors up. A meadowlark melody celebrates an emerging sun; Boots wait on stairways and some tulips have sprung.

Still chattering.


(3 minutes later)

Wow, that felt good. I wonder if..


(10 seconds later)
It's okay to breathe.


Heading In For Breakfast    © Val Fox

(40 minutes later)

With wagging companions I walked to the barn,

The chattering stopped.

Sweet, flowered hay and moist earth scented the air

It stopped.

Warm wind kissed, the snow vanished.

Earth began her joyful song.

When I got quiet and found her rhythm.

She whispered, "Join me."

The noised stopped. 

                                HARMONY - The Letter H

Thanks for visiting as we continue the A-to-Z Challenge for April, 2014. The next post will feature the letter "I." Further info on this blog hop can be found when you click on the following link.

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Reply Sarah Allen
1:03 PM on April 10, 2014 
Beautiful! Love that painting.

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)


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