Awakened by the morning call to prayer, I am savoring the luxury, pure luxuries of feeling no need to “turn off the alarm and rush off to begin my day.” Instead, what a joy to just “be,” to be with the sense of wonder that I can look out the window of our cozy (small) 5th floor room in a restored Ottoman era home (now hotel) and see a minaret of the Blue Mosque illuminated with lights, standing in sharp outline in the dark sky. And as that sky slowly turns a soft blue, I wonder — what would happen if all of us paused — 5 times a day — just paused for one minute. I wonder how that would impact our pace, our perspective, the energy we send out.
I wonder what it would be like if we were able to let go, just briefly, of our busy, busy minds, and move instead to a place of spaciousness where time unfolds in a leisurely way, a spaciousness that invites awe, curiosity, and creativity — that invites us to ask:
- Who am I?
- Who are we?
- What is wanting to happen here?
- How can we move forward together to a thriving future?
Hmmm … 5 minutes a day … it might be worth it! Shall we try it? ! ? !
With warm good wishes from Istanbul,