Thursday, January 9, 2014

In Pace, et Unus



I find a lot of peace in solitude.  Not that I am anti-social, but with a small-ish farmhouse, one husband, two teen-age sons, one tween daughter, 3 cats, 4 adult dogs and 10 puppies, cut a woman some slack!  Sometimes I just have to get away from all that noise!

Meditation helps, but given the circumstances, at times it is difficult to quiet the mind sufficiently for meditation to work.  At those times, my mantra becomes "It won't last forever."

At other times, repetitive chores, or craft projects etc. can help shift my mind to the 'zen channel'.  Anything that involves the hands, especially, is good for this effect:  sewing, knitting, working with polymer clay and doing dishes by hand.  Walking helps as well.

It's almost like pulling a "Scarlett O'Hara" and saying that I'll think about that another day.  A conscious decision to put something on the back burner of my subconscious and work on another project for a while.  Have you ever been missing an object and you look and look but cannot find it?  Then when you stop looking for it, the item 'magically' appears?

How do you quiet your mind?

Today, I am linking up at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherine's Corner blog:


  1. Walking helps me a lot. Sometimes I plug me in some Christian Jazz and in all by myself in my mind.

  2. That's a great idea, Ugochi! I remember the 2nd greatest physical shape I've ever been in my life was when I used a gospel music tape with stretch/aerobic routines on it.

  3. Sometimes just mindlessly flipping through a magazine and looking at home decor pictures clears my mind. Then it usually inspires me to make a small change in my home, a tiny rearrangement or just clean! That invigorates me. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  4. I am a strong advocate of meditation. I have a page at Katherines corner ( in my shop section) I pray and meditate daily. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  5. @Dawn - Thanks, that is a good one! The first step is a hard one, but once it's made, things usually pick up speed from there, right?

    @Katherine - Thanks for hosting Thursday Favorite Things. It's one of my favorites!

  6. And since I can't get enough of the Desiderata, I immediately thought of this line when I read your first few sentence, "... and remember what peace there may be in silence." Nothing like a little alone time now and then :)

  7. Amen, Toni! :O) I blush to admit I had not read the Desiderata before now, so I opened a new tab and went to town! :O)