Day 295/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Well it looks as though the next few days are going to be worrying about money.
Sarah has clearly warned us that this will be the subject of the next week or so.
Already I am bored with the topic. That's because I have spent way too much time worrying about money, and never really getting anywhere fast with all that worry energy.
For me it boils down to this. Living simply costs less. That means I spend less time worrying about boring jobs to make money to live, and spend more time pursuing my own interests, studying something of value, building another career interest, attending to my inner reflection and spiritual work, and enjoying the business of being alive.
It's a lifestyle decision I made a few decades ago so that I consciously engage with life. Most all my working life has been spent in careers and businesses that excite me. The only trouble was, I was spending too many hours in them, and few hours simply for me, contemplating life, living life, enjoying and exploring life.
If you choose a lifestyle that forces you to spend the better part of your life earning money to support it, are you really living? Are you really free to be you?
I don't think so.
Let's see what the next few days bring as we explore the many facets of money.
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.