Unplugged: a Gift to Myself.

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JoJo Rowden

Silent trees stand solemn, guarding the secrets of the ancients.

Ripples on the river, lazily chasing each other across a mirrored surface.
There is no urgency here.
Time stands still,
And I, with it.

A symphony of birds are my alarm clock,
My soul awakens gently
Stretching itself out towards the tendrils of sunshine
That creep below the tent canvas in a crescendo of dawn colour.

It’s hard to imagine myself now
Pushing through corporate streets of grey and black.
Miserable faces in a crowded prison.
Slave to email and time, confinements of our own creation.
Always connected to the Mothership
Instead of Mother Earth.
We poison ourselves, slowly, digitally.
We forget who we were
Before the world told us who we ought to be.

I remind myself to slow down, to heal.
To breathe in the crisp air deeply, Jasmine Star and wet grass
Exhaling the city smog and all of it’s responsibilities.
Refreshing my creative heart
Instead of browser windows.

I revel in myself; my thoughts and my dreams
And I am aware once again
That alone is not lonely.
My company is a treasured gift
That I give happily to others
Yet not to myself.
Today is different.
Today I am my own bestfriend.

Here, among the patriotic colours of the forest,
Shimmering golds and greens sing of the true heart of this country.
There are no meetings to schedule,
No places to be.
Just me and my yoga mat
Beneath a cloudless cobalt sky.

 

 

Relephant read:

Henry David Thoreau says: close your laptop, go for a hike.

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Author: JoJo Rowden

Editor: Renee Jahnke

Photo: Courtesy of the author

 

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anonymous May 14, 2015 8:19am

The best article I've read here in a long time.

Finally, the essence of what embodies Yoga.

Thank you for sharing. Namaste.

    anonymous May 20, 2015 10:40pm

    Thank you Sabine, for your beautiful message. I'm glad that the article touched you in some way 🙂

    Love and Light to you <3 xx

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JoJo Rowden

JoJo Rowden is a Content, Communications and Social Media lead by day, with a special passion for writing. As well as her favourite site, EJ, she is honoured to have been featured on Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Inside Retail Magazine and the Australian Financial Review.

She draws energy and inspiration from the ocean, and can often be found there, with a fantasy book and cup of tea in hand. She loves yoga, pole dancing, and drinking fabulous wine in exotic places.

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