Lack of presence and awareness. Not making and taking the time to step back, meditate, reflect, connect and ground physically in the here and now with all that is; to accept and be with what is as it is, to practice gratitude. Forgetting to pause.
Basking in the warm sun, in front of a fire, in a forest of trees, on a meadow, on, in or beside water… reading a good book, in the company of caring others and ideally sharing food and / or beverages together, listening to and playing music … and yes, when I feel safe, secure and loved!
Three things. Baby steps I hope! One is to express my vision on a vision board, paper, computer – whatever it takes. For the visual, create a mandala and pin it to the wall. That and / or a whiteboard for stuff as it evolves. Also commit to words, intentions, goals. Finally, keep culling and organizing a ton of stuff from the past. ‘You want to fly? Ya gotta get rid of the sh*@ that holds you down’ Toni Morrison
May buy and plant some tomato seeds in the front window ...
May buy and plant some tomato seeds in the front window too, for tangible satisfaction, results and hope. Thanks Holly! 🙏🏻
The sound of many voices singing in harmony in one or many languages. Many years ago I walked into the mid-day service in the large, simple worship space in Taize, France. A random gathering of people were sitting on bleachers singing ‘In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful’ it was a magical cacophony.
I approached someone who came well recommended to provide an ongoing professional service. He initially said yes, then turned me down. His reason was convincing enough. I was disappointed.
The opportunity is to reach out for new referrals, gain more confidence and clarity, take it one step at a time, keep going and stay open to brand new, positive steps and experiences. Also thinking about how I can be a ‘good’ client to ensure a positive new adventure as well as outcome for a...
The opportunity is to reach out for new referrals, gain more confidence and clarity, take it one step at a time, keep going and stay open to brand new, positive steps and experiences. Also thinking about how I can be a ‘good’ client to ensure a positive new adventure as well as outcome for all concerned. Lots of learning ahead.
Hurrah for Spring and new beginnings!
This question and each thoughtful reflection helps a ton. Earth Day soon. Each small step counts. Time to get ready!
Each year my wanna be gardener starts over. Pulled out my trusty ‘Twelve month gardener’ book and turned to March. Will start by reconsidering our compost this weekend. Also must tend to the rhubarb, which is equally neglected.
I suppose it starts with attention, and a wee bit of intention too…
To listen to my body. It is the end of the day and it is grateful for the attention!
Grace. I was wanting and needing to connect with community in a safe, life giving and reliable way.
Today I had a wee disappointment and realized I had not connected here for the better part of a week.
Accept. Reframe. Squint – and be open to the gold! (or whatever shimmering shade it chooses to show up in!) …
Also, be wary of judgements, labels and perceptions. I love the wildness and unpredictability of an English garden or a meadow of wildflowers, rather something more manicured …
Thank you for this question and the many thoughtful reflections.
I am seeking out and reading a greater diversity of writers these days, which feels like a start. Perhaps the next step is to seek out a volunteer commitment to celebrate diversity in a more full-bodied way… Food is another doorway. Darn Covid. Will keep it simple and doable! 🙂
Emily, Thanks for your reflection. I need to do much the same. Very best wishes for expressing your vision and goals on computer, paper, a whiteboard, the wall – whatever suits! 🙏🏻 Warmly, KC
Thank you Holly. I so appreciate your inspiring message and encouragement. It is so easy to fall into a narrative of ‘why bother’ or what difference can my small steps make. So helpful, your story and reminder of the small steps we can all take …
So beautiful Holly. Thank you for sharing both your sparrow story, and where you are at with your gratitude practice. ‘Present, but not static’…. Yes! We are so meant to move, evolve and keep growing! Such a delight, Mr. and Mrs
Hopeful joining your habitat!
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear yoga teacher. I can only imagine how heartbreaking that must be to lose her in your life.
i do hope you are able to find a new teacher and community that is right for you. Another possible resource, also in Vancouver, is thepathyoga.com. Swan and her online sangha have been a lifeline for many of us during Covid. Also lisamontesi.com for a more gentle style, yet still with plenty of structure and strength.
Wow. Thanks for sharing this Ed. What an inspiration! And yes – Happy Family Day!
Yes – our darn minds can get us in such trouble if we let them! 🙂 …
Wow, Holly. Thank you! I had no idea … ‘weeds are … usually the first plants to come in when you have poor soil … they remediate the soil .. and make it better.’ Your post gives me the courage to invite my wanna be gardener back to the garden this year, and give it another go! 🙏🏻🐾🌱…
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