PRACTICE WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

Aug 25, 2022

I was thinking of you the other day as I picked up the dog's mess in my garden (bear with me!)

 

So I can look at my beloved garden, my hard-worked for, long desired half an acre and I can see:

 

Dog’s mess, piles of rubles, raised beds to fill, raised beds to fill with more nutritious stuff, rotting apples to pick up before someone slips or Rosie eats a wasp (and…my mind can do whole reams of fear from here)

 

Apples that might be ready to pick instead of falling to the ground to join the still unpicked up rotting ones that someone might slip on Rosie might eat a wasp from…(here we go again)

 

Or 

 

I can look at my beloved garden, my hard worked for, long desired half an acre and I can see:

 

Flowers, trees, all kinds of plants I have longed for throughout my life and gathered together in one glorious celebration of myself as a Gardner

 

Space to wander with my dogs, Chomsky the cat and the chickens 

 

Food growing in abundance everywhere

 

Opportunities to create new out of old dilapidated outbuildings

 

I can look at my garden and appreciate it for hours because nowadays my mind is PRACTICED at seeing the beauty, wonder and awe all around me.

 

It’s all a PRACTICE

 

Not to be perfect

 

Not to be the best zen-like mindfulness practitioner on the earth

 

It’s a practice because there is no destination

 

There is only the experience of now

 

And you get to decide what now feels like 

 

And you get to redecide again and again and again

 

You can't do it wrong but you can not bother, or do it inconsistently

 

The way I see it is:

 

My mind is easily overloaded and I’m easily overwhelmed (because I’m sensitive and want to live my Full Adventure)

 

Overwhelm makes it much harder for me to see all the good stuff that is already here and to focus on bringing in all the good stuff I wish to experience next (and noticing when it’s arrived)

 

So I need practices that support my mind to stay out of overwhelm and in ease as much as possible

 

I find the more I practice rebelling against the idea that overwhelm is just the way things are these days the better my life gets

 

So all that remains is for me to stay with this practice

 

And resist the resistance that comes to practising 

 

TO PRACTICE WHOLEHEARTEDLY

 

To commit fully 

 

To make living without overwhelm a non-negotiable

 

To make living without exhaustion a non-negotiable

 

To make the practice of living my life my way just what I do

 

I clean my teeth, I commit to living my life, my way

 

WHOLEHEARTEDLY

 

If you’d like support in practising wholeheartedly email me and let’s start talking about what that might look like for you ([email protected])



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