If you have time…..

If you have time, come away with me now to the top of the hill at the back of the house. We can climb the rough stone path between the lichen stitched rocks, chasing the very edge of the day, up onto Frithard, the height of the deer park. From here we can see the world laid out beneath our feet, and we can taste the salty breath of the ocean. We can pause and rest a while, and watch as the day slips away behind the mountains, leaving traces and smudges of light in his wake. 

 If you have the time, we can sit here a while, watching the shifting patterns of light within the clouds and on the water. We can chose to watch the colours of the setting sun bleed into the drifting clouds, and to hear the silence of the empty waves. We can notice the soft breeze across our skin, growing cooler with the fading light, lifting the lips of little rippling waves. We can feel our own warm breath sliding softly out of our bodies and into the sparkling air around us. So many sensations can fill our minds and our bodies in this small short moment of time, and yet in the fullness comes a deep peace and a stillness.  

 But only if you have the time…..otherwise you may have countless unfinished tasks on your ‘to do’ list which just cannot wait a moment longer. You may have countless chores crying out loudly to your conscience to be done. Your head may in fact be so full of things to do, keeping you so busy, that you couldn’t possibly squeeze in another thing. That would indeed be a shame, as this beautiful play of light, sparkle and shadow will never be repeated again. Never again will this exact blend of beauty and colour move across this stretch of water, with the wind just as it is now, over these exact tides, with the sun setting at just this angle. So stunningly beautiful it takes my breath away to a place of utter bliss, just thinking of it now. So I urge to leave those dishes unwashed and that floor unswep, those clothes un-ironed, just for a little while, and jump fulheartedly into the beauty of this moment. Run away with me to the top of the hill, and enjoy the release and joy of living fully in the moment. Everything else can wait, there will always be another time to sweep that floor, but never another time for living this moment of our ever passing life, and bathing in the fleeting shifting beauty of our world. 

Embrace just being, fully in this moment, at the edge of the day, at the edge of the stone earth. You will find out something magical about time….it can stretch itself

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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54 Responses to If you have time…..

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  2. One day, I’ll love to take the time with you to go here, Seonaid. When the time is ripe 🙂
    Mesmerising photographs and words!

  3. pommepal says:

    You live in a magic land and your words evoke the spirit and beauty of the moment. Time well spent surrounded by nature. Hum drum chores will always be waiting for another time.

  4. Words are just as lovely as the photos

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so beautifully soothing!

  6. Heyjude says:

    I’m sure I can find the time to join you – what beautiful views and descriptive language. Thank you.

  7. Mick Canning says:

    I’m sure I can find time.

  8. Yes, I have time for timelessness 🙂

  9. Gaye Abbott says:

    These liminal moments in time bless us constantly and for me are what open the pathways for possibility and the deepest of connection….. Thank you for your elegant words and images!

  10. I’m almost sure I have a minute…..Great descriptive writing!

  11. Mary says:

    I’ve come along, this is too good to pass up – wonderful views!

  12. Amazing images and prose, I love your thoughts…Living every moment is what creates the true treasures in our lives.

  13. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to slow down and enjoy being!

  14. Well said and a number of good lessons to live by. Thanks for putting what it is we all should be doing, into words. D

  15. advocacine says:

    Enjoyed the hike and the view… Thank you so much! Quite eefreshing to be up there

  16. I would definitely make time to join you on that adventure. What a gorgeous view. You are a very lucky woman to be able to hike up to see it and take a moment to also enjoy it. 🙂

    • Very lucky indeed….but we’re not always up here with the mountains and the wild sea lochs….often we’re back down in the ‘civilized’ lowlands, where the hills are a little tamer 🙂

  17. Lucid Gypsy says:

    My house is untidy, but I’m sure you’d know where I’d be anyway ❤

  18. Rachael says:

    Yes, I’m walking with you 🙂

  19. I just found the time. Thanks for asking.

  20. gwynnrogers says:

    Ahhhh, the beauty and serenity of your world takes my breath away. I would not miss climbing your hill for the world. Here I sit, backed by a gully, but I look out on the surrounding forested hill sides as I look out into my corner of the bay. Like you, I love the beauty of the world as I listen to the birds call out to one another. Periodically, an eagle or osprey flies over head to venture off to the bay for a fish dinner. I love the wilderness. Your pictures and words are so stunning. I feel like I’m there with you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world.

    • Nature can paint a very beautiful picture can’t she. I love the sound of your own wild land, and the beautiful birds who navigate your skies Gwynn. Always so lovely to hear from you😊💕💞

  21. Beautiful as ever:
    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

  22. LB says:

    It’s interesting that you shared this thought about taking the time to put aside the list of chores, and To Dos. I’m doing that this morning … glad to have found my way here and find validation for visiting blogs and working through photos

    • Delighted to validate you enjoying some pleasurable time in your senses😊 I made the same decision this morning….chores or photo editing and writing…..well you can see what won…..and then I went out with the dogs✨💕✨

  23. Dina says:

    It was lovely walk up there, thanks for taking us! 🙂

  24. Maverick ~ says:

    It is very beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share this.

  25. Thanks. Tell me more about time stretching itself.

    • Well Stephan…..if you have the time I’ll tell you a tale or two😆
      What we know is that when our brains are experiencing something new, fully alert and using our sensory brain, time stretches out….but when we are on auto-pilot, not engaged with our senses, then we are usually off thinking and wondering some where in our brain while doing the task we know so well…..this isn’t bad, but time flies when we’re in the world in this way😊

      • Interesting. I think it is much better for us to try to stretch the mind with new things. and maybe prevent some mental problem like dementia. Also, I know it can’t be done, but I have read of how it seems in certain very delightful times that time actually stops! If you have read the book A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken, there are several pages where this is described–where in the midst of their love relationship there was no sense of time passing.

      • It is amazing isn’t it…just how elastic our awareness of time can be. I love getting lost in something new….or nature…..or painting….so many ways to slow time down!!

  26. Trini Lind says:

    Ooooooh, this is gooooorgeous!!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

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