Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for wednesdays}

One of the things I am realizing is that last year I allowed the life to be sucked out of me.  I got too busy, too driven, and didn't take time to involve myself in things that really inspire me.  In fact, the word "breath" is the root word of inspire and it is a powerful picture to me.  When I only do those things that take "breath" away from me, I end up lifeless with no energy.  I need to remember to engage in activities that help me breathe and therefore bring me inspiration...whether that be walking, reading a great book, laughing hysterically with my kids, enjoying good food, sitting quietly, etc.

So...I want to begin a weekly post called "Breathe".  It will be about filling up my soul in the midst of what often seems like a frenzy.  It may include links to other sites, good reads, quotes and pictures...but to be honest, I'm not totally sure yet.  All I know is that I need to take time each week to BREATHE!!

And I would invite any of you to participate too.  Take some time each Wednesday to breathe and then send me your story, picture, inspiration...whatever.   I may just put you on the blog.  After all, I think people get tired of hearing just me!! 

So the first thing that brings breath back into my soul is...SPRING!!  There are signs of new life all around me and I am always amazed by it.  Plants that I thought were dead, are coming back to life; bulbs that I forgot I had planted are springing up out of the ground!!  It makes me stop to remember the unstoppable power of life and it makes me smile!!

Here are few pictures from my garden.  It may not look like much, but remember "breathing moments" don't have to be spectacular...they just need to fill your soul!!

"Breathe, smile and go slowly."  -Thich Nhat Hanh


Erin McFarland said...

I love this post Tara :) I think I am craving a little slower pace too! The photos are beautiful! E xoxo

Tara Malouf said...

Thanks, Erin. I need to feed a different creative side of me at a slower pace. We'll see how it goes.