Slowing Down
September 19, 2020

Dog on coast path overlooking sea

It’s the final day of our campervan break. The wind is gusting through the overhead trees – it’s too cool to sit outside. As I turn around and look out the window, I see Buzz curled in a patch of sunshine, eyes half open as he watches the ongoing life of the campsite play out in front of him.

My plans of using this time away to write have been scuppered by the weather. Usually, when we’re away in the van, we’re dodging the rain. On those days I pull out my computer or notebook and I write; feeling snug and warm in our cocoon whilst the rain rages outside. I love to write when the weather is inclement.

But it’s been different this time. The sun has been out, and I’ve been exploring and walking. The backs of my legs are aching with the steep ups and downs of the coastal paths of East Devon. I’ve been listening to Middlemarch as an audio book and have found myself lost in a world of characters with entwining lives, secrets and stories that unfold in the beautiful prose and narrative of Mary Ann Evans.

For two weeks, the wifi has been patchy and my attention to social media has been limited. It’s been interesting to notice how my mind has settled in line with the slower pace of life dictated by a camper-vanning lifestyle. Somehow, I feel more myself, less buffeted by the whims of my random thoughts and more in tune with my inner compass – my deeper sense of what feels right.

Maybe my heart is following the change in seasons and with the transition from summer to autumn – I am sensing the need to retreat and slow down – the desire for rest and calm.

In this moment as I write, I feel a deep sense of being closer to the source of being, a settled knowing that life is good. Like the weather, I know that this will in time change; it is the way of things. I turn once again to look at Buzz – he is still curled up in the same spot. He has no plans for the day, no inkling of when his sleep will be interrupted with a walk, he has no fears of the future or ruminations on the past.

His world is occupied by the here and now, slipping in and out of sleep, just being with what is.

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