Day 366/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Today I'm celebrating. It's the end of a year long journey of writing and reflecting on a daily basis with Sarah Ban Breathnach and her wonderfully inspirational book, Simple Abundance.
What a journey it has been, to reflect on my life experiences and especially on those that unravelled the mayhem in my life. Not to mention the continued learning and discovery that each day brought with it.
All in all I did very well. I'm here on the last day of 2020, 31st December, with 2 posts out of sync. That means that somewhere along the way I missed two days. Not bad given the challenge I set myself.
My purpose was to document the challenges and struggles, the successes and accomplishments of my journey in the hope of inspiring you to continue your path of self-discovery and authenticity as you reach for self-mastery.
Sarah suggests many ideas to try. I've added a few of my own. Most importantly, keep going. Remain curious. Know that you are seeking a more soulful authentic life, and keep going. Don't give up. Don't settle if your heart is hurting and your life is not how you imagine it could be.
I'm not talking here about striving for more financial gain, more material wealth, more objects and gadgets. I'm speaking here about striving for more joy, more contentment, more wholeness. And that comes with a settled heart, a deep appreciation of self, a kindness to yourself, acceptance, forgiveness, love.
When you are whole, then you have something to offer others. Then you can go out there and know that you will impact others graciously and lovingly. For some of us, wholeness must come first.
Wholeness here means the full integration of all the parts of you. The hurt, wounded, angry, anxious, loving, abandoned, damaged and alive parts of you, integrated into the whole of you, bringing you to inner peace.
All the very best on your journey home to your authentic self. Towards self-mastery.
I wish you the serenity of wholeness, harmony through healing of all the parts of you.
Happy New Year!
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.