by Mariah Hughes

Life can be challenging. The world is increasingly fast-paced and complicated. The landscape that we attempt to navigate for ourselves and our loved ones is rapidly changing.  In the hustle and stress of day-to-day life, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Days run together and the weight of the world becomes daunting when we forget to stop, breathe, relax, and practice mindfulness. Some mornings, I open my eyes – often, before the sun has risen – and feel a deep tiredness wash over me, trying to pull me back in to the comfort and safety of sleep.  I fold in to myself, my baby stirring in the other room, and hug my knees to my chest.  Some mornings, the weight of the world feels like too much. I don’t want to read the news, drive the car, pay the bills, clean the house – but something beautiful cuts through the groggy dawn each and every day: birdsong.

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