As within, so without in beauty and in form
Day 80/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: ho hum
This week of challenges and inspiration is all about beauty, and it's boring me. Maybe it's me. Maybe I should pay more attention.
Really? For me I don't really give a s*^t about all this beauty talk. Keeping myself clean, tidy and groomed has never been a hardship. After that I am who I am. Never really been one for worrying about what other people think of my looks, so let's see what I can do with today's ideas.
Sarah suggests that as within so without.
When we feel beautiful on the inside, we'll look beautiful on the outside.
Well I must have looked pretty darn ugly at times as my inner world was anything but beautiful for many decades. However that's not the feedback I received so maybe I'll pass on this one.
I'm sure there's something I can say about inner transformation bringing more light into your face and your world.
The inner work of transformation is the spiritual work that makes life... well... work!
Here's something more interesting about inner transformation. When you actually do move a lot of held stories and emotions, when you actually lighten the load of crappy stories that are resident in your organs and bones, fascia and muscles, your body actually changes shape.
At first it seems weird. Then you get used to things moving and changing. At one time my whole cranium moved and adjusted for about 3 weeks. Now the cranium bones don't have a lot of room to move, so I'm guessing that's why it took so long.
It's a case of function follows form. As I relieved my system of heavy loads of unhelpful stories and beliefs, it freed up my body to move and operate more smoothly. You could think of it as releasing tension in various parts of my body, so then of course, things change shape.
People did notice that my face changed. I noticed! But not so much that I didn't recognise myself.
Life. Fascinating. And all the more so for doing the inner work.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.