Slow Down. Breathe. Connect. Love. PART 1

Slow Down. Breathe. Connect. Love. PART 1

I recall one late afternoon as we gathered up the resin lawn chairs and slowly made our way down the short path to the beach. It’s a ritual I have been fortunate enough to experience many times in my life. But this time was different. As the sun was coming around the small peninsula readying itself to rest for the night, we chose our usual spot close to a tree and an old piece of driftwood that serves as our footrest. With a glass of wine in hand, we swing our chairs into place and make small talk as we settle in for the show. One of the most amazing shows we get to experience as human beings. The sun slowly making it’s way closer to the horizon as it’s about to be swallowed up by the warm waters of the ocean. Our movements getting slower and our tones more subdued. As we sit I realize I am the only one talking. Chacha, Pili, Ligia, and Jose have all softened their gaze, brows unfurled, their breath slowing down as they drift into an almost meditative state as we watch the sun set on another magical day. I realize at this point that talking is not required. Nor are photos. Only to focus on the beauty of the sunset and the love of my companions. Their energy matching that of the sun, as we sit in silence, each contemplating the meaning of the moment and warm embrace that has been created. I begin to reflect on the simplicity of the moment and its tremendous power and influence over my well being as a human being. Reflecting on the beauty of the colours on the horizon. Reflecting on the love that brought us together to share this moment. A moment that will never happen again. A moment frozen in time forever. But only if we pause and silence the noise of the day. The noise we create in our heads as we buzz through life. A moment as important and impactful as anything we can experience. Watching the sunset is always a deeply satisfying experience. Watching it in silence with those you love is spiritual. It’s transformational. It changes you if you allow it to.

Slow down. Breathe. Connect. Love.

Joe Danis


Joe Danis

8 Comments on “Slow Down. Breathe. Connect. Love. PART 1

  1. Most of the time we need to disconnect and run away from the routines of daily life to really start living the life we ​​want and need. Every day we wake up being parents, children, brothers, employees or owners … but there is a moment when we open our eyes and we are only ourselves with ourselves … without masks, without filters and without likes.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts Scarlett. We all need to disconnect from time to time. It’s healthy and necessary to find peace within ourselves. Sometimes all we need to do is close our eyes and slow down our breath and a transformation takes place. I love the idea of being “only ourselves with ourselves… without masks, filters, and likes.” This concept is so important in terms of loving ourselves unconditionally. Thank you so much for sharing. You are a great writer. I hope you have a peaceful holiday surrounded by love.

  2. Your such an inspiration Joe. You take control of your life & undertamd the beauty in everything around us. Living life passionately is a choice. Much Love.
    J.

    • Dr. Moon, you are an ambassador of peace and love my friend and you know how much you inspire me. Let’s keep choosing peace and love and living by choice. Let’s connect soon brother.

  3. Great read! This is something I need to practice/remember to do more often than not. Let me know how to get better at this!

    Chat soon

    • Mike, Thanks for taking the time to check out the blog. I’m glad you liked it. Next time I’m in Ottawa we will connect for sure. In the meantime, pause for a moment today, close your eyes, slow the breath, and give yourself permission to connect. It’s really about being consciously aware of ourselves, especially when we are caught in the chaos of the day. Even if it’s only for 30 seconds, you will notice a difference. Have a great holiday with the one’s you love, Mike. Take care and we will connect in the new year.

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