Breathe deep from the brave to just be……


Life is noisy right now.
I’ve got a rumble in my belly for quiet,
for shelter from the grating hurry
that seems to crackle like electricity all around.

I feel it in the air,  the shove to go faster,  to outrun the clamor
to shut out the buzz with my own frantic go.
But I’m defying it inside where I remember that I get to choose,
to dig in my heels against the push.
This feels like life to the bones and breath of me.

Yes,  I do have time to slow this train on down.
To pick up feathers and leaves and words and stones
and notice what they might want to say.
No,  it’s not irresponsible.  These are the days I’ve been given.
These moments are free and mine to gather.


It’s brave to rest inside while the noise rattles on,
to taste and see and savor the mystery,
to press through the amnesia that settles over like a fog
and remember that we’re co-creators with a God
who likes to do the heavy lifting.
To find the partnership delicious.

When I pull up feeling empty and discouraged,
I often discover in the still small voice
that my ego has been driving.
Exhausting taskmaster,  that one.

I can break up again with the offender
and get back to the business of wonder,  breath and being,
to living out this life of one who tumbles and leaps and feels it all deep
in this dizzying, glorious wild.
~ To not draw back from the not knowing how.

To breathe deep from the brave
to just be.


“All I know is there’s nothing better than that wide-open,  opinion-busting,
all-things-are-possible,  everything’s-OK feeling of prayer.”
– Elizabeth Lesser

Sending this out to all your tired places
with a bold dare to slow down and find rest:)


  1. Elephant's Child on October 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    We are human beings, not human doings.
    Some days to just be is more than enough.

    • jennifer on October 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

      So true. The amnesia – it steals away my recollection of such important things some days:)
      I guess we need to remind each other often:)
      thanks, friend,

  2. jeanie on October 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Oh Jennifer, this is so true. So much assault from outside these days. I sometimes wonder if my feeling poorly — which often kicks in with stress — is due to all the external stress from elections and yelling, nattering. There doesn’t seem to be that much other stress in my world. Or maybe just yuck. But you are right — we have the opportunity to choose what we listen to, how we process, how we live. Maybe I need to remind myself who is really doing the heavy lifting.

    • jennifer on October 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

      nattering – such a good word for it! I love that – thanks for sharing, Jeanie.
      Thanks for coming by – you create such beauty everywhere you go:)

  3. Barbara on October 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I went through this same thing yesterday, of feeling rushed and overwhelmed with so many to-do’s, and I, too, pulled myself back and said ‘enough’. I let some things go and vowed (again) to do my best but to not let it take my joy, and to accept that whatever wasn’t done could actually wait until the next day. I’m glad you realized it, too! xoxoxo

    • jennifer on October 22, 2016 at 8:12 am

      It’s joy to realize we don’t have to keep the plates spinning, isn’t it.
      That there is beauty enough, and breath, to rest into the bigness and be peace.
      Settles me heart just to write the words:) Thanks, friend.

  4. judy Hartman on October 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I really needed this, Jennifer. So beautifully written, as always – you have such a quiet wisdom about you. Thank you for sharing your reflections and beautiful images. xo

    • jennifer on October 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

      I’m glad you came over and we got to take in the sky
      and breath deep together while the world kept on spinning without a bit of our help:)
      Thanks for taking the time,

  5. ladyfi on October 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I so agree. There is so much noise in today’s society – in many different forms. Silence is actually quite a rare commodity.

    • jennifer on November 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      My mind is the noisiest part about me! So grateful for the space to slow it on down
      and rest in my soul. Rest to your soul, dear Fi,

  6. Susan on October 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, babe … how did you know about my tired places, due to the mind and soul jarring noise of each and every day that seems to have no stop date or turn off button. I don’t handle it well, neither does my partner, and we are really feeling the effects of the past couple of years, looking for a place to hide and so appreciate your kind words and advice.

    • jennifer on November 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Soaking in the beauty of that still, small voice of solution……breathing it in deep.
      And slow. And grateful:)
      Thanks for coming by and for your always kind of friendship,

  7. Wanda on October 25, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Love these sweet soul soothing words. I needed this today.

    • jennifer on November 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you, Wanda:) For your gentle presence here:)

  8. gotham girl on November 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Like so many others…thank you for these words! Here’s to SLOWING down and appreciating the beauty and ESCAPING the craziness of our world! I’m right there with you!

    • jennifer on November 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      I wonder if we actually infuse the craziness with sanity
      when we live from our spirits rather than from the rattle in our heads:)
      Thanks for coming by and happy birthday, bright you!

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