Day 60/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: content
Let there be grace.
Religious definitions aside, grace for me refers to that state of contentment, that feeling that all is well with the world, that everything is going to be just fine. That feeling of being blessed with everything I have and need. With life itself.
Today on this 29th Feb, make this a day of grace
This day comes but once in 4 years. What a fabulous day to set aside to live in grace.
It was yesterday that I took my day of grace. For me it's a regular practice to set aside at least one day each month to simply be in grace. To focus on what is good in my life, to pay attention to the details, to the small and wonderful things that make life so rich and textured and full of aliveness.
It was with grace that I dusted and cleaned and washed and freshened up my home. A conversation with a neighbour, and call to my parents, few chapters of a book, and nutritious meal, and walk around the garden, all with conscious awareness and focussed attention to being there with each activity, in grace.
So beneficial are these days that I wouldn't miss them. These are the times when I am inspired anew, my vision is clearer, my hearing tuned into the birdlife around me, my soul is refreshed, I sleep soundly, and love deeply.
How lovely it is to be alive! 💖
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.