I love running down Orchard Road, one of Singapore’s busiest shopping streets. There are huge department stores on either side of the 4-lane thoroughfare, which is typically crawling with vehicles. The wide walkways are often buzzing with people from all walks of life.
Except I am there before the hustle and bustle starts up; not quite the break of dawn, but early enough where there aren’t many pedestrians on the boulevard, save the few who are beautifying the streets for those who will visit in force in a few hours. I have the place to myself.
The intermittent rumble of engines together with inhalations and exhalations afford a calming background hum and I am able to run in an almost meditative state (exception being today as I am stopping often to poke at my camera phone at a building or other). I draw energy from the space all around me, from the trees & greenery, from the beauty of the architecture & art that I run past. It is a good way to start the day.
The Featured image above is taken at Istana Park, towards the end of Orchard Road, the turnaround point of my run. This is a little oasis where you can find birds singing & the Istana Heritage Gallery.
Last week, I watched a TED with Pico Iyer, on the Art of Stillness. I read his book The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto many years ago, and found his decision to step away from the busyness of the world quite a fascinating. Today as I watch him on the TED stage, I realise how far I’ve come in the ability to enjoy stillness & quiet.
Where/how do you find your stillness?
I was inspired to take you on this run by RestlessJo, as I look forward to joining her on her walks every week.