May you live long
Day 361/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
May you live a long life. This is a wish for a long journey with which to discover the you that you are searching for.
In our culture, we say that only the good die young. I've often pondered that saying, and I've come to the conclusion that this is so because they have less searching to do to discover who they long to be.
Recognise the distractions that come your way and use them as grist for the mill. Stepping stones on your path to knowing yourself.
When you experience life in a way that doesn't match your heart tone, you'll know that it's lovely but it's not for you.
The riches of the world are enticing. I have longed to live more comfortably. Yet here I am. Living well, living simply, living comfortably.
In so many ways those strivings for wealth taught me that I didn't really understand how to live with the sort of wealth that money can buy.
What I can live with is the sort of wealth that a life close to nature can provide. A grounded connection to what is real and thriving. A wealth of knowledge and know-how with growing food and alchemising meals from produce sourced directly from my garden. Fresh, nutritious, alive.
I can live with authentic friends who share food, wine, great conversations and long afternoons lazing in the cool of my deck above my garden.
Comfort in long phone conversations with life-long friends with shared history, and as many stories as years behind us.
Wealth in the certainty of home and garden and pets and close family.
May you live long.
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.