Day 247/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
"A higher calling!" Our purpose, that nebulous promise of something that only you can do.
This mystery has often perplexed me, and I know quite a few others as well. In fact there is a whole industry of new agers who are hell bent on helping you find your purpose.
Sarah's essay is both lovely and scary at the same time. Clearly she is a women with faith, and speaks in a spiritual parlance that I have long left behind.
She reminds me that a higher calling for those of us educated through catholicism meant becoming the brides of Christ. Giving up our freedom to the cloistered life of the convent in devotion to God.
Well, that's a path I never felt a calling for.
So what are we talking about when we speak of purpose?
To my way of thinking our purpose is to be exactly who we are. To get closer and closer to our true nature. At the same time it's worth noting that our true nature is a moving target, constantly revealing itself through our decisions and actions.
The key I've discovered, is to identified everywhere that I abandon myself and work from there. Every time I show up with some prescribed beliefs, way of living, expectation, judgement that's not my own is when I'm abandoning myself.
You could call it your acculturation, and I'm suggesting there's a layer over culture which is about beliefs and expectations, customs and practices that don't work anymore, that aren't suited to this time, that don't support growth and that stifle freedom.
We are here to grow in our creativity. That's it. What will you create? A family, a lifestyle, a garden, and piece of art, a business, a community, a practice, whatever.
Let it be with everything you've got. Let it be from the freedom of your heart and soul. Let it be your expression of life living itself.
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.