Day 243/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Life ebbs and flows. When it's in flow you're busy and innovative. Your creativity will be most active and you'll be focussed.
When it ebbs it's time to rest. It will feel as though you have lost your moxie and you'll wonder what's wrong. You'll question yourself, feel lazy, wonder if you're unwell and maybe even push right through it.
Life ebbs and flows.
Let it be. Take this time to slow down, to nurture yourself, to attend to the daily and the minimal. Drink coffee.
(I say that because I reached for my coffee - today is an ebbing sort of day.)
As we accomplish in life our body and mind and soul need time to integrate. Give it time. Allow it time.
Our anxiety provoking lifestyles keep us in constant motion until we burn out or wear out.
Allow time for rest and regeneration.
“Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice.” Kurt Vonnegut Jn.
Life is a garden. Wander. Rest. Smell the roses.
Inspiration will return and if you've rested well your next will be a quantum leap from the last. It's not progress, it's growth.
Today as I sit here contemplating the garden of my life I can tell you that those roses had a good many thorns. It's been a tough gig.
And here I am. Wandering...
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.