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  • Kathy Marsak

Threes and Stillness

It is very hard for Threes to sit still. As a Three myself, I know this territory well. It seems like we are always in a hurry, getting those tasks accomplished, completing that project at work so we can get on to the next one. Hopefully with a little bit of recognition along the way. Wondering why everyone else’s velocity is so darn slow.

But all this hurtling through our lives at light speed with blinders on has come at a great cost. We have lost touch with our own hearts, our deepest feelings, yearnings, and desires. We have come to believe that being loved is dependent on our own “efforting”.

We all have a bit of Type Three in us, at times doing, doing, doing, while the truly important things fall by the wayside. In what areas of our lives might we need to slow down a bit? How might slowing down affect the lives of the people around us?

Mary Oliver invites us to consider:

What is our relationship with ambition and how is that impacting our lives?

What is our relationship with stillness? How might we cultivate a little bit more today?

"Quiet as a feather"

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.


by Mary Oliver

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