So I started to think about embracing contentment.
Isn't it easier to say: I'm experimenting with eating more raw food' than saying 'I'm becoming a vegan'?
By practicing contentment, we are not saying that we don't want to move forward in life or that we have no dreams, ambitions or projects that we want to realise. We're just taking the time out to say thank you to Life, to notice the good things and to give ourselves a break.
The wonderful Persian poet Hafiz wrote 'Keep squeezing drops of the Sun, From your prayers, your work and your music…from the sacred hands and glance of your beloved'
So for now, my drops of Sun are being squeezed from longer evenings, sun warmed berries, swimming outside, breakfast in the garden, walking in the park, cooking with my doors open, a slow weekday morning with my husband...
September, and the back-to-school feeling will come soon enough with its fresh start and its sense of new beginnings. For now, I invite you to be at peace with yourself and the things you haven't done yet. Trust that ideas and visions for the future are bubbling within you and need time to settle, ferment and transform without your input. Look where you can squeeze your drops of sun from and embrace contentment for a while.