Day 264/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Moving towards self-mastery is about putting one foot in front of the other. Taking one step at a time and chewing over what you discover there. It's definitely not a journey of a straight line. Somedays you really do think you're going around in circles, and others you feel as though you're travelling back in time and revisiting old stories and experiences, often in reverse. I think all of these are true.
It's a journey that spirals inwards that makes the outside world show up differently. It's a journey of impossibilities.
There doesn't seem to be anything off limits, or anything that's impossible. Even the things that you think will never change, the damaged relationships, the ruined opportunities. Anything that you focus on appears to alchemise in the journey towards self-mastery.
Sometimes it gets so unlikely and so other worldly that you wonder what sort of time warp you're in.
Eventually you realise that reality is not real at all.
When the trees in your garden begin to tell you when they need water, and the veggies tell you how to pick them, or the grasses tell you they'll add nutrients to your compost, you know you've crossed into another reality.
Or have you returned TO reality? I do believe we are supported when we allow ourselves to become part of the ecology of our surroundings.
When the birds introduce you to their chicks, the ants help you clean up a patch of fruit fly larvae, and the ladybugs arrive to keep the mould and aphids at bay in the garden you realise that you're living in an incredible ecology of living harmony.
When you're naturally flowing your life in sync with the seasons, you know you've connected with the flow of life.
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.