…I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

We have all been gifted the miracle of this one life; we’ve been given the great privilege to make this life honourable and meaningful to us.

There will be days when life feels difficult and challenging, perhaps even hopeless. But as we allow ourselves the patience to take it one step at a time, and if we just look around we will see the mountains standing strong and majestic, pregnant and teeming with all forms of life – EARTH.

If we turn our gaze skyward we will find glimpses of the sun pouring its rays upon us, warm and thick like sweet honey – FIRE.

We can look to the rivers and oceans to provide flow and clarity – WATER.

In times of uncertainty or discomfort, we can always take a moment to simply feel the breath moving through us – AIR.

And then there’s SPACE – creating space for everything that lives around us, within us, above and below us, and everything in between. Creating space for each moment, each hour, each day in this one life of ours. Creating space for the sadness and the joy; the fear and freedom; the weakness and the vitality; the betrayal and forgiveness – all of our vulnerabilities and indeed our magnificent moments need space to enter, move through and eventually move out.

These basic five elements make up everything on the planet – they sustain us in this ever-changing flow of life.     EARTH | FIRE | WATER | SPACE | AIR

We often hear ‘make the MOST of your life’; ‘what are your GOALS?; ‘what are you going to DO with your life?’. This might feel like a lot of pressure and can lead to a feeling of failure or dissatisfaction if you didn’t climb a mountain, or make a lot of money, or travel to Timbuktu today. To find happiness and be peaceful, it’s quite okay to slow down and live this life with simplicity.

I’m not saying to scrap your goals and abandon your dreams or to never strive for more, however, when you pay attention to what’s already here, and let go of expectation for a GRANDIOSE life, you might just find fulfillment and deep gratitude for this one simple, ordinary life. Sometimes it’s okay to take a step back and rest here awhile.

When things become difficult – when you feel hopeless and alone ~ open your heart softly to that which is here for you. Remember the basic elements:

EARTHplant your feet in the soil of our earth; connect to that life force energy
FIREfeel the warmth of the sun penetrate every cell of your being
WATERlisten to the sound of water or dip your hand in a stream. DRINK it in!
AIRbe grateful for every sweet breath of life
SPACEfind space – space within you/space around you/space to sit and do nothing. Just Be.

Sometimes … the simple life is simply enough.

With this one precious life – this gift of wonder we’ve been given – live it with love, live it with grace.