11 April 2011

savoring life

Life runs away from you sometimes....and we try to run with it at least. That's how the past month or so has been feeling for me - things coming at me in all directions - mostly good. Really good things. When this year started I felt like it was going to be a great year - not exactly sure why I was sure of it, but I felt that there were changes in the air, optimism on the horizon, and lots of fun to be had.

If you only follow me through this blog, then you may not know of some other developments in the yoga retreats and travel planning...I'll write about that soon (gasp! there may even be 2 whole posts on this blog this week! unheard of!) :)

For now...just a small story of stopping to smell the flowers of life...

About a week and a half ago, we went up to Asheville, NC for a long weekend in the mountains with a group of friends. Mountains, hiking, good food, cool nights, some yoga, picnics, and lots of live music from the guitars, banjo, harmonica, and bass which made the trip as well.

Mornings never started with an alarm clock, and hours passed without anyone rushing to go somewhere or do something. Time was slow, conversations plenty, and a birthday was celebrated with the richest chocolate cake I've eaten.

We hiked some Smoky Mountain trails and drove with the windows down over miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway...through tunnels, past valleys and peaks. We stopped for a little picnic at a lookout, and enjoyed the afternoon sun. Made our way to the stream at a waterfall, and watched the mountain ranges turn purple at sunset.

It was a beautiful several days with a wonderful group of people. It's a reminder to breathe in deep, unplug, and enjoy the spring flowers that are blooming!

Here are 28 seconds of the boys on the porch...enjoying very manly mountain time.
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Annika said...

it really is all about savoring the moment, isn't it! :) Your weekend sounds lovely!

Em Lo Porto said...

what a great trip! I lived in Brevard (small town outside of asheville) one summer in college and it was like living in a bubble. So beautiful / surreal!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

What a great weekend.

I agree, we need to savor life more.

Pamela Marasco said...

Came across your blog about savoring life.I was happy to see you used the word "savor", in fact I wrote a book about Seeing and Savoring Italy(A Taste and Travel Journey through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria). For me the word savor means to enjoy an experience with all your senses, having a taste and flavor for life which Italians do and you apparently did on that trip! Great story, great pictures.