I love your expression "ever-encroaching chaos." Indeed, I feel it too. A few years ago our homeopath wisely told us that he firmly believes "some people just need a low-stimulus environment." His words were so comforting and spoke to what my intuition already knew. Lately on my blog I've been writing about the busyness of my life right now, and while it does feel quite busy to me, sometimes I have to laugh at myself knowing it's all relative. "Busy" for me can happen rather quickly... while another person might still be running strong, checking things off their list well into the night, my own cup runneth over much sooner and I find myself feeling desperate for a cup of tea, some quiet, and a few deep breaths.
We do make time to connect with nature, each other, and other like minded people regularly. We cook from scratch and find the entire process of collecting/gathering/hunting, preparing and serving food to be a fulfilling spiritual practice. Family meals at the table are a daily occurrence. We choose a very small, progressive school for our daughter to attend, the size and quality of the community there is a perfect fit for us. We hang out for extended periods of time at the library. I could go on and on... I love simplicity, quiet, and a good measure of solitude.
Creatively, I am at my peak 45 minutes into a deep yoga practice, or when I'm in the kitchen cooking for my family. Everything seems to flow freely, organically, in both of these spaces. At the end of my practice, or at the end of a meal I've offered, there is nothing to hold or look at, yet I've expressed and felt a million things.
To me you seem like a progressive pioneer; do you think so too? In what way?
Currently, we are gearing up for a big move from the city to the country, two states away. There we plan to live a quiet, simpler and more sustainable life. My husband recently wrote, "It has always been our plan to move to Vermont because we find the overall community subscribes to cognizant and responsible stewardship and independence. It is not a move to the backwoods so we can still moonshine and wear overalls, shutting out the horrors of modern society. We are going there to effect change in our lives and ultimately others as well." Well said, I think.
Tell us about a favorite project you've made (or one of your favorites; I would have trouble picking only one, too!).
It's such a small thing, but for so many reasons behind it, I'm calling it my favorite right now! ;)
Thank you Amy, what a pleasure to chat with you today!
Thank you so much for sharing some lovely pieces of your life with us, Heather. I loved your thoughts about simplicity and about choosing how we respond to different situations. I hope you'll keep in touch!