Day 161/366 days Towards Self-Mastery
The sacred in the ordinary - Abraham Maslow.
After living in more than 35 kitchens over the course of my life, I've learned a thing or two about myself. I've learned just how easily I have been persuaded by the "bigger is best" mentality of modern day consumerism.
One notable example is a branded $14K cooktop and oven on which I cooked on one plate for 6 years, and almost never used the oven.
I'm a foodie and I have my moments when I love to prepare and cook delicious meals, especially when sharing them with others. However it's not the love of food that makes those expensive cooktops a joy to have and master.
Where misery abounds creativity is out the back door. And in most of my living environments for many decades, there was very little joy.
I'm pretty sure that joy is a precursor for creativity. And joy comes from the deep well of being able to express your authenticity. Authenticity emerges from the confidence in your self-mastery.
Nowadays I have taken all that knowledge of kitchens, greater than 35, and crafted a small galley kitchen with minimal expense. Perfect turnaround space from stove top to sink top, conveniently functional bench tops in just the right locations, and just enough extras to make it the most enjoyable kitchen I have ever worked in.
It's absolutely perfect and some would say, relatively ordinary with understated cooking appliances, a half-size dishwasher and modest fridge.
I love it. Decorated with my stunning artful wooden cutting board, a basket of fruit, a ceramic tub of utensils, hanging caddies for those small and frequently used items, and an art piece from Monte Martre given to me by an old friend some 35 years ago, its my perfect kitchen.
Cleaning it and leaving it tidy and ready for the next meal is a snap for me. It's my way of honouring my long history in kitchens and the service this space offers for preparation of that next nourishing meal.
Find the sacred in the ordinary, in the functional, cost-effective simplicity of living abundantly.
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.