Day 91/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: relieved
These uncertain times have certainly highlighted our priorities. Gyms, all forms of entertainment, cafes, restaurants, even beaches and golf courses have been closed.
Healthcare services and providers, community care services, policing and security, primary industry, and distribution channels remain in operation.
It's fascinating to observe the non-essentials in life fall away and the important services highlighted.
This month Sarah has banged on about fashion and wardrobes and clothing
To be honest it has stretched me to breaking point on this pointless topic. Maybe the current climate CV-19, doesn't lend itself to the consideration of fashion too well right now.
If you've been an ardent follower of fashion and beauty trends, how important are they to you now in this moment?
Sarah's shares some colourful phrases:
we'll choose a passionate fling with fashion but most of us would marry style
fashion is a show-off, style knows that the classic tenets of simplicity, beauty and elegance are timeless
fashion is a cult, style is a philosophy
How much of your time and attention is fashion commanding right now?
In many ways this is an important question. And I hope that it highlights for you just how much of our lives are driven by others.
Where is your time and attention going now that you are in lockdown or isolation with your family or flatmates?
Do you remain immersed in social media or has the speculation and hum drum of dramatised news become too much for you as well?
Have you lost yourself in a bottle of that alcohol you stocked up on?
Or are you willing to look to the persons beside you and lean in.
Are you willing to notice who you are in those relationships and know yourself more deeply?
This is a difficult time for many. How will it be for you? What will be your priorities?
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.