Day 176/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Aaagh! Sarah and I have departed company again as she draws heavily of religious rituals and practices and I run for the hills!
Maybe it's the age of the book, or maybe it's the American way. I can't subscribe.
Having drawn that line in the sand I can align with her sentiment, that we can make everything we do each day into a practice of mindfulness.
Self-mastery is about being present to your life. It's about being present to the actions you take, the decisions you make, and the impact of those on yourself and others.
It's about not allowing yourself to operate on auto-run. To be deliberate, to be conscious.
In some small way it's about bringing your heart into every moment. I'd love to say I've got this, yet every day I remind myself to allow my heart to lead.
My heart loves what it loves, in spite of me. If only I could connect with it more often.
Work in progress!
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.