the art of nothing…..

the art of making time


the art of making time


the art of making time


the art of making time


Every year after the month long run of birthdays, I let out an enormous sigh of relief.

Even though we keep things very simple…. somehow between birthdays and life September always gets insane. I forget to breathe. I get overwhelmed. And I remember what I like to do best of all. Nothing. 

I mean, not really nothing.

But the kind of nothing that is life unhurried.

Wandering about looking at the changing leaves. Admiring the chickens. Dreaming over garden space to be. Knitting. Sewing. Baking. Listening to music and enjoying a very slow cup of coffee. Time spent with a quiet heart. True to my introvert self, this is what fills me up. This is what recharges my soul. I don't like appointments and schedules and a dozen places to be. I'm the hiker that takes forever to get somewhere because I pause to notice each little bit along  the way. It's amazing it took me so many years to figure this out about myself. 

To find my balance, I need rhythm. I find this in the most unglamorous of ways. Pulling the house in order. Getting the laundry done. Baking Bread. Planning menus. Cooking enormous pots of beans and soup. Anything that takes slow time and a bit of attention pulls me right back to my center…. I feel everything around me slow a bit and once again I am firmly planted. Here, now.

Of course, this is just me. And I am one of many in this house of ours. Some of my household leans my way and some of them thrive in loosely organized chaos. They yearn for the next thing to do. They like the busy hum of many happenings, the adventure in going, going, going….. Oh, there is much to balance in this family of ours.

But today? Today brings fall leaves, and fresh bread, and (another) pot of slowly simmering soup by this evening. A walk to gather goldenrod flowers and inhale the beautiful scent of fall. Today is my oasis in this busy life we all share. I will do my best to savor each bit of it…..




17 thoughts on “the art of nothing…..

  1. I’m in exactly the same boat of desire, sadly not the same boat of reality (am still in the midst of an overwhelmingly busy autumn). I just finished Susan Cain’s book “Quiet,” which is really helping me to embrace my sensitive introverted side. She gives us a compelling explanation for why so many of us feel that it has taken us so long to just be what we are. Enjoy the quiet.


  2. It sounds like just the thing I need right now too, especially that slow cooking pot of soup! Ahhh.
    Thanks for the reminder that the simple arts, are also the centering arts.


  3. Oh, I long for those kind of days! Unfortunately, the 23-month old at my heels isn’t quite as on board as I need her to be. πŸ˜‰
    I think I need your bread recipe, though. How are you all eating these days, if I may ask? I was thinking you had eliminated some things at one point? I always like to hear what’s happening in your food world.


  4. Oh this is just lovely. And this is exactly what I’m craving these days, as well. I’m getting glimpses of that slowing down now that I work at home. I can run or talk walks during the day. I take the kids to the park after school. But I’d love to spend even more time cooking and getting things in order. Soon. Soon.
    Thank you for your lovely words!


  5. I know those 23 month old days well πŸ™‚ I'm sharing the bread recipe next week. One more round to see if I can pull off a 100% spelt loaf this beautiful! It's a no-knead variety…. super easy and so delicious. We're back to eating gluten & eggs. But very little dairy. TONS of veggies and rice, as always! I think we live on stir fry right now. Such an easy way to use up random farm goodness!


  6. Quiet by Susan Cain is a very good book. I, too, am an introvert and Autumn just makes me happy. I soal up as much October as I can into my soul, knowing that the crazines that is December is just around the corner.


  7. Autumn is our season isn’t it? It’s always been my favorite. I am especially grateful for it this year in this new space of ours….. New England is magical this time of year. That book has been suggested to me so many times now, I just requested it from the library πŸ™‚ Thank you…..


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