Thanksgiving is a time when I like to be contemplative, to slow down and think.
A few things that aid me in this:
The cat. There's something about the pace with which he moves when he
is grooming himself that seems to slow down time. He gives full
attention to each paw, each ear. He never hurries. He is completely
2. The woods. I've always found trees to be wonderful
companions. They are silent, or maybe their leaves rustle a bit; they
provide shade. They filter light. The provide carpets of leaves or
needles. Some of them flower or fruit. They have a sturdiness, a
3. The ocean. Immense, salty, with waves as regular as breathing. I never tire of watching it or listening to it.
Waking up slowly. It's such a blessing not to have to jump out of bed
at the blare of the alarm clock. To come out of sleep gradually, to file
away the night's dreams and set my waking thoughts in order.
Walking. My general practice is to walk at least a mile a day, farther
on weekends and other days when I don't have to work my day job. Walking
is meditative. I don't bring cell phones, music, or any gadgets with
me, so that I can fully engage with my own thoughts or the world around
What helps you slow down, relax, be fully present?