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For most of my life I have felt the pull of two influences. On one side there is the learning, performing, accomplishing influence that urges me to turn everything into a project and complete as much work as I possibly can. On the other side there is a call to inner peace and stillness, communing with nature, building relationships, creating experiences and embracing the moment. I think there is a time and a place for both.As I've aged, the need for rest has increased. Not rest from a physical perspective, although there is some of that, but rest from a spiritual perspective - a chance to let go and ponder and slow down. That's what this book is about: simplifying, loving, existing, living in the present and seeing with new eyes. It's easy to get caught up in the rat race, but it takes a toll on our emotional health. We are human beings, not machines. We need sleep and relaxation and comfort and peace. While it would be nice if we could all take more frequent vacations, that isn't the only way to recharge our batteries. We can find increased joy and a sharpened sense of self by learning to create stillness in the midst of an everyday life from which we feel no need to escape. We can align our desires and actions, creating better long-term outcomes. And we can see ourselves as part of a greater whole.The poems and pictures in these pages are meant to promote self-reflection. Many of the answers to the problems we face can be found by taking a moment here and a moment there to check in with ourselves, to take inventory and change the things we dislike. As we work to improve our inner world, the world around us will begin to change as well. We will feel more compassion for our fellow humans and have a desire to lift those around us. We will be more kind, more conscious, more aware, and more awake.